U.S. and Europe order global 737 aircraft engine checks

Southwest offers apology, $5000 to passengers on damaged flight

As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues its investigation into the fatal engine explosion that killed one woman and forced Southwest Airlines flight 1380 to make an emergency landing Tuesday, new reports have shed further light on the airline's disregard for passenger safety and opposition to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations following an nearly identical incident in 2016.

The directives from the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency indicated rising concerns since a similar failure in 2016 of the same type of engine - a CFM56-7B engine, made by CFM International.

The order will affect about 680 engines globally, including about 350 in the U.S., the FAA said. The European agency had given airlines nine months to check engines, while USA regulators still were considering what to do. The emergency order is effective immediately and inspections must be completed within 20 days.

The guidelines from the manufacturer, CFM International, call for ultrasonic inspections - which can detect flaws or cracks not visible to the unaided human eye - within the next 20 days to fan blades on engines with more than 30,000 cycles.

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On Tuesday, fan blade snapped in a Boeing 737 operated by Southwest Airlines. The safety board has said it is too early to say if the 2016 engine failure and the latest incident are directly related.

The Southwest Boeing 737 took off Tuesday morning from NY, headed for Dallas. Investigators say a fan blade broke off in flight, triggering a chain of events that shattered a window on the Boeing 737-700.

The FAA is requiring inspections to be completed within the next 20 days.

Fellow passengers pulled the passenger - identified as Jennifer Riordan - back in, but she later died of her injuries.

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The U.S and European airline regulators ordered for inspection of almost 700 aircraft engines which are similar to the one involved in fatal southwest airlines engine blowout so as to ensure no risks of a similar mishap is present.

The airline's CEO Gary Kelly sent a letter to the 142 passengers who survived, apologizing for the "circumstances" which surrounded the flight and offering their help reuniting them with luggage.

CFM recommended that fan blades with 20,000 cycles should be inspected by the end of August.

Airlines have been ordered to carry out emergency inspections of jet engines similar to the one on a plane in which a woman died after being sucked from the cabin. The oldest blades would be inspected within six months, while many others would face an 18-month deadline. Inspections take between two and four hours per engine, according to the FAA and manufacturer.

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