FAA orders jet engine inspections after fatal Southwest incident


FAA orders jet engine inspections after fatal Southwest incident

"We made every effort that we could possibly make to save this woman's life". "We go through the same training that the guys do, and our hope was the Navy would allow us to fly in combat at some point".

'All we knew we could do was stay with her and get her home, ' she said.

Shults calmly relayed details about the crisis to air traffic controllers, and passengers commended her handling of the situation.

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it is missing".

In a statement late Wednesday, Shults and the other pilot on board, First Officer Darren Ellisor, said they felt like they were simply doing their jobs. "I wouldn't let you by without a hug'".

To facilitate the recommended inspections, CFM said it was providing about 500 technicians to accelerate the process.

The titanium fan blades involved with both incidents showed signs of metal fatigue, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is still investigating both incidents.

"In aviation, there should be inspection techniques and procedures in place to detect something like that". CFM, which issued a warning about the possibility of flaws in the fan blades a year ago, reported that it has manufactured 30,000 of the engines. But they were only in the air for 20 minutes before the flight experienced engine failure.

Engines in 681 aircraft will be checked worldwide.

For Southwest, this is the second time a titanium fan blade - one of 24 - has broken off, causing extensive damage. They've also recovered the airplane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, and are still tracking down debris from the engine.

The FAA's critics said they believe the air travel agency's bid to work more closely with carriers sometimes slows its reaction to serious problems.

The engine had been used for 40,000 cycles (takeoffs and landings) and had been overhauled 10,700 flights ago, Southwest said. "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".

Southwest said this is the first death from an in-flight incident in company history. As seen in the video below, Kelly expresses his deepest sympathies for the loved ones and family of "our deceased customer". "It's about knowing the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what's right, even when it's very hard to do what's right".

"Roberta is always very positive when she speaks and Julie is in a position now to really do some good for women".

When the two couldn't save Ms Riordan, Ms Mackey said, they just waited with her.

She later died at a hospital from blunt impact trauma.

"She is the bedrock of our family".

Wilson added that she doesn't believe sexual harassment is any bigger an issue in aviation than other sectors. But he said it's important to verify the correct engine, not shut off the one still working.

"Everybody is talking about Tammie Jo and how cool and calm she was in a crisis, and that's just Tammie Jo", Rachel Russo said.