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FAA issues new inspection directive after fatal plane incident

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring General Electric CF-65 engines that power about 2,000 older Boeing 737s and some air buses to be inspected nearly twice as often – every 1,600 flights instead of every 3,000 flights – and for every blade on the engine to be checked for even microscopic damage. The new airworthiness directive is in response to the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan, who was killed aboard a Southwest plane during an April 17, 2018, flight from New York to Dallas. The accident occurred after one of the engine’s metal fan blades broke off in mid-flight. ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Explosion Kills One Passenger In Flight

One Southwest Airlines passenger suffered fatal injuries when one of the plane’s engines exploded Tuesday, shattering a window and part of the plane’s fuselage. The Southwest Airlines flight had departed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport about 30 minutes before the engine failure. The incident forced the plane with 148 people aboard to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. Seven other people were reportedly injured on the flight. According to Bloomberg, “the dead passenger was not identified but other passengers reported a woman being severely injured during the flight receiving aid from other passengers in a chaotic and bloody ... Read More

Southwest Airlines settles mechanic’s whistleblower allegations for $35,000

Southwest Airlines has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle whistleblower allegations filed by a mechanic who claimed the airline threatened him with disciplinary action for finding and reporting cracks in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 he inspected. Southwest aviation mechanic Charles Hall was assigned to inspect the airplane on July 2. According to court documents, “During his inspection, [Mr. Hall] discovered two cracks on the aircraft’s fuselage and documented them … Discovery of these cracks resulted in the aircraft being removed from service to be repaired.” On July 5, Mr. Hall received an order directing him to “attend a meeting ... Read More