Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Investigators look at engine wear and tear in jet tragedy

The Latest: Nurse gave CPR to injured woman until landing Fatal Southwest plane incident: Engine showed signs of 'metal fatigue'
Mandy Jefferson | 20 April, 2018, 00:53

Some critics have questioned why the FAA did not move faster, when European regulators issued an April 2 directive ordering similar CFM56-7B inspections within nine months.

Southwest made the comments previous year after US regulators proposed making the inspections mandatory.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not say how many engines would be inspected.

The Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 incident appears to have involved an uncontained failure of the left engine that caused debris to strike the aircraft structure.

Peggy Phillips was one of several passengers who said they saw Jennifer Riordan partially sucked through a window after an engine exploded and the plane had to make an emergency landing.

With his parents and wife next to him on Thursday, Needum spoke in a quiet voice to reporters, but declined to provide further detail on what happened in the back of the plane out of respect for Riordan's family.

Other passengers pulled her back in and tried to revive her but she died from her injuries. "We're going to do this!'" Bourman said. Needum declined to detail the event. "I feel for her family". "They said there's a hole and, uh, someone went out". "I can't imagine what they're going through, but I'm thankful that my family is here". Investigators are now working to understand how the window came out of the plane. Riordan, who was in a window seat in Row 14, was wearing a seat belt.

Sumwalt said the fan blade, after suffering metal fatigue where it attached to the engine hub, has a second fracture about halfway along its length. It is something the FAA proposed making mandatory almost a year ago, but the draft directive was never approved. That incident prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to propose previous year that similar fan blades undergo ultrasonic inspections and be replaced if they failed. (NYSE: GE) and France's Safran, had issued a service bulletin following the 2016 accident recommending that airlines conduct ultrasonic inspection of some fan blades and replace those that failed.

Cavaliers beat Pacers in Game 2 to even series at 1-1
He scored 24 points and had 12 assists and 10 rebounds in that loss. "It's not going to feel great tomorrow", he said. The fourth quarter proved decisive to the Jazz's win after they outscored the Thunder 28-16.


The FBI's office in Allentown says it fully expects people will find more pieces of the plane over the next few days.

As the plane ascended past 32,000 feet about 20 minutes into the flight from NY to Dallas, the left engine failed and parts of it flew off, shattering the window in Row 14.

Schiavo called for a "surgical grounding" - "a very strategic grounding of certain engines on certain planes to get this testing done immediately".

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was inspected on Sunday.

American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta has about 185.

The FAA's proposed rule was never put into effect, said Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general with the Department of Transportation, which oversees the FAA, and it's unclear whether Southwest ever began the inspections based on the FAA proposal.

"It just becomes nearly robotic when you memorize it", said Matt Cochran, who worked as a flight attendant for a regional USA airline in the '90s and who even years later said he clearly remembers the message's "nose and mouth" part.

"Engine failures like this should not occur", Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Wednesday.

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