FAA Orders Emergency Inspections Of 352 Engines Following Deadly Southwest Incident

WATCH Engine on Southwest plane forced to make emergency landing popular among jets

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered emergency inspections of jet engines like the one in this week's fatal Southwest Airlines accident.

USA airline Southwest has given 5,000 Dollars cheques to passengers of its flight whose engine failure led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia and claimed one woman's life.

Following this, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered the inspection of 681 Boeing 737 engines around the world over the next twenty days.

"Engines with more than 30,000 total cycles from new must complete inspections within 20 days", the FAA said in a statement Friday. Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on USA airlines.

The European agency had given airlines nine months to check engines, while USA regulators still were considering what to do.

Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, was killed Tuesday when the engine exploded.

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After the first inspection, airlines should keep repeating the process every 3,000 cycles, which typically represents about two years in service.

A few passengers on the flight from New York City to Dallas received checks to "restore confidence" in the airline due to a passenger death on the Tuesday flight, reported HuffPost.

A NTSB inspection crew was also combing over the Boeing 737-700 for signs of what caused the engine to explode.

An initial investigation found evidence of metal fatigue where a fan blade had broken off. Investigators point to a hidden interior crack on the fan blade as the culprit. This will be applicable to an estimated 2,500 engines, states CFM. The Southwest plane was a Boeing 737 equipped with an engine made by CFM International. One passenger paid $8 for WiFi to Facebook Live for what he thought were his "final moments on earth". (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 56,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years.

The FAA said it has determined that fan blade cracking "is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design" and added that it was "considering further rule making to address these differences". American Airlines said it started additional inspections of its 737s before Tuesday's accident, while the directive was being debated.

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