Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

"The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings".

Fan blades that have undergone a certain number of flights will be given ultrasonic tests, it said. Passengers saved a woman from being sucked out of the aircraft.

As the plane descended steeply but steadily toward Philadelphia, the cabin was noisy from the open window, but the passengers were mostly quiet, maybe because they had their masks on, said passenger Amanda Bourman, of NY. She said the company had satisfied the terms of the CFM service bulletin but did not immediately answer questions about how many engines had been inspected and whether the failed engine had been inspected.

While Sumwalt has said that it is too early to make a direct comparison, the incident was reminiscent of the uncontained engine failure on a Southwest 737-700 on August 27, 2016, that forced pilots to divert to Pensacola International Airport, Florida, during a flight from New Orleans to Orlando. The metal fatigue would not have been observable by looking at the engine from the outside, Sumwalt said. The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet required airlines to conduct the inspections but said late Wednesday that it would do so in the next two weeks. "The maintenance burden and cost for operators to inspect all effective fan blades is much more significant than proposed", it said.

What do we know about the engines?

It is unknown whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up. Officials are also still trying to figure out how the window came out of the plane, according to The Associated Press.

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In a statement, CFM expressed its condolences to the family of the woman who died. But Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, died later.

Shrapnel from the shredded engine smashed the window next to her causing rapid decompression in the cabin that almost blasted her out of the jet. Fellow passengers pulled her back in and unsuccessfully attempted CPR. Seven other victims suffered minor injuries.

We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident.

Who was the pilot?

Oxygen flow is critical in emergencies such as what happened to Flight 1380. While the airline decided not to identify the pilot, saying only that the employee has years experience on the job, passengers posting on social media identified her as Tammie Jo Shults.

"Thank you. Thank you that she didn't go flying out the window and we wouldn't have her".

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Shults' swift response won't likely surprise those who served with her when she joined the Navy in 1985, two years after earning her bachelor's degree in biology and agribusiness from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. "We nearly couldn't breathe", she said. Shults, a Navy veteran and one of the first female fighter pilots in the USA military, was at the controls when the jet landed, according to her husband, Dean Shults.

How did the drama unfold?

The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among the 149 passengers and crew members and drew across-the-board praise for the cool-headed pilot who safely guided the crippled Boeing 737 to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. In his post, Laurie stressed that passengers should cover both their mouth and nose with the oxygen mask during an emergency.

But regulators face questions over the speed of their response to the Southwest jet's 2016 engine blowout.

Air traffic control responded: "Injured passengers, OK".

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing, " Shults said, pausing for a moment. The airline said it would make sure the flight crew is feeling fit for duty before they head back in the air.

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