FAA orders inspections of more jet engines after Southwest fatality

FAA orders inspections of more jet engines after Southwest fatality”

US aviation regulators are planning to require emergency inspections of one of the most popular jet engines in the world as a result of the fatal accident earlier this week on a Southwest Airlines plane.

The agency says its order affects 352 engines in the USA and another 681 worldwide on "new generation" Boeing 737 jets.

While airlines are not legally bound to follow a company's guidelines, CFM said it had issued its latest service bulletin after "close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency, Boeing" and airlines using the same type of engine involved in the failure on Tuesday.

The manufacturer of the jet engine that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems. One passenger was killed when one of the Boeing 737's engine's fan blades broke loose. "Also, it recommends inspections by the end of August for fan blades with 20,000 cycles, and inspections to all other fan blades when they reach 20,000 cycles". The incident raised a number of questions because jet engines are certified to be able to withstand a broken fan blade without causing major damage.

"CFM recommends ultrasonic inspections within the next 20 days to fan blades of CFM56-7B engines with more than 30,000 cycles since new", the service bullet issued Friday said. No one was injured after the plane made an emergency landing.

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