Southwest Airlines engine probe focuses on metal fatigue

Passengers say pilot of ill-fated Southwest Airlines flight is a hero

The woman died, officials said.

Southwest Flight 1380 passengers Andrew Needum and Tim McGinty tried to save Jennifer Riordan following a window explosion on the plane. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her injuries. The NTSB added that it continues to investigate the engine failure.

As for the investigation, right now NTSB investigators can't explain with certainty why the left engine malfunctioned, although early signs are pointing to an undetectable crack in a metal fan blade.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the family of the victim was the airline's primary concern. "Our hearts are heavy", the pair said. "They are our immediate and primary concern and we Weill do all that we can to support them during this hard time".

She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and had an associate's degree from Champlain College in Vermont, according to Mission:Graduate, an initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico. "I can probably tell you there was significant trauma to the body". But I am. I am. "But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family". At least one bought in-flight WiFi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones.

The leading edge of the left wing was damaged by shrapnel from the engine explosion. No other details about that.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a halt to arrivals and departures at the Philadelphia airport and delays were growing, according to an agency website. She also walked through the aisle and talked with passengers to ensure they were OK after the aircraft touched down. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands.

"We pray for the repose of her soul and for her dear loved ones", church leaders said. And what was most dire was a female passenger being sucked into the hole where the window had been.

Martinez said he didn't think he would survive. "It's five minutes out of your day", Pittman said.

"We could feel the air from the outside coming in, and then we had smoke kind of coming in the window". A woman was drawn toward the hole, the affiliate said, citing a relative of a passenger. "That was just chaos all around".

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.

When it was all over, the pilot came out of the cabin and hugged everyone, telling them, "You all did a great job". The plane, flight 577, returned safely to Nashville's airport and no passengers were injured. "It might be a maintenance issue", Sumwalt said.

The engine had 40,000 cycles on it, a quarter of those since it was overhauled, he said.

He said he paid $8 to connect to WiFi as the plane was going down in order to say his goodbyes.

A second bang followed, said Marty Martinez, a 29-year-old digital marketing specialist heading home to Dallas. She would reach out to you and you were immediately a friend and glad to know her - very, very grounded and positive.

American Airlines said in a statement that after the FAA notice was published, it "voluntarily began inspections of CFM56-7B fan blades".

The flight data recorder showed the plane was at 32,500 feet when the engine failed about 20 minutes into the flight.

Engine failures like this one, what we call an uncontained or a catastrophic engine failure, are rare events.

FAA will issue an airworthiness directive (AD) in the next two weeks requiring inspections of certain CFM56-7B turbofan engines, the USA agency announced one day after the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 engine failure.

Investigators' initial findings suggest a fan blade snapped off as the jet flew at cruising altitude.

No one was seriously hurt in the August 2016 incident, when a Southwest flight made an emergency landing in Florida after a fan blade separated from the engine.

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