Southwest cancels flights due to engine inspections

Tuesday, 24 Apr, 2018

"In those first seconds, I knew it was going to change our lives forever", he told Newsweek.

European and USA airline regulators on Friday ordered mandatory inspections within 20 days of aircraft engines similar to one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident earlier this week.

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The passenger, Hollie Mackey (42), desperately tried to save the woman by pulling her back in but the wind was too strong.

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

"I know God was with her, and I know she was talking to God", said Virginia Shults, Tammie Jo Shults' mother-in-law in an interview with the Washington Post. "We have part of the aircraft missing, so we're going to need to slow down a bit". "She was commissioned in the Navy on June 21, 1985, and completed flight training in Pensacola", said Lt. Christina Sears, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was finishing up its initial examination of the engine failure, but many questions remained unanswered. One of the cracks was consistent with metal fatigue, he said.

"In aviation, there should be inspection techniques and procedures in place to detect something like that". The inspection requirement applies to CFM56-7B engines.

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"When we heard the voice" in media replays of cockpit recordings, "it was just like talking on the phone". Others more recently serviced will require inspections within 18 months, the FAA draft order said.

The Federal Aviation Administration followed suit with its own "Emergency Airworthiness Directive" Friday afternoon. About 20 minutes into the flight, at about 32,500 feet, a fan blade broke off the engine and shrapnel shattered a window.

Audio of the incident shows how the Southwest Airlines pilot kept her cool despite an engine exploding and a passenger nearly being sucked from the plane.