FAA orders tests on airplane engines after April 17 fatal explosion

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The directive is based on a CFM International Service Bulletin issued Friday and on information gathered from the investigation of Tuesday's Southwest Airlines engine failure.

The jet, which was headed from NY to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The blast shattered a window, killing a passenger, in the first U.S. passenger airline fatality since 2009.

The maker of a jet engine that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight, leaving one passenger dead, called Friday for rapid inspections of all of its engines powering Boeing 737 aircraft.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators found signs of cracking and metal fatigue at the point where the blade broke.

The engine explosion on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on Tuesday was caused by a fan blade that broke off, the FAA said.

It is not clear how many takeoff-and-landing cycles the engine in Tuesday's accident had gone through and whether it would have been covered by the FAA directive.

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The coordinated 20-day measure partially resolves a gap in previous responses to the 2016 accident by the world's two largest and most influential aviation regulators, a person familiar with the discussions said and published documents show.

Around 60 airlines use the CFM56-7B, according to the company, which said GE and Safran have mobilized some 500 technicians "to support customers and minimize operational disruptions" related to the inspections.

For photos and b-roll of the Southwest's ongoing ultrasonic inspections of CFM engine fan blades on our Next Generation Fleet, we invite media to visit swamedia.com for stills and video of our ongoing inspection process.

Jim Hall, NTSB chairman during the Clinton administration, said all CFM engines on 737s should be inspected. She died from blunt force trauma at a hospital after the plane's emergency landing in Philadelphia.

"The inspection, executed on-wing with an ultrasonic probe across the surface of the fan blade, will take approximately four weeks each engine", the manufacturer mentioned.

"After first inspection, operators are recommended to repeat the inspection every 3,000 cycles, which typically represents about two years in airline service", CFM added.

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