Airlines engine explosion: US orders fan blade inspections.
US aviation authorities have ordered inspections of jet engines following a mid-air explosion which punctured an airliner’s window, killing a passenger.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the “airworthiness directive” required inspections of specific CFM56-7B engines within a couple of weeks.
Fan blades which have undergone a specific number of flights will probably be given ultrasonic tests, it said.
A female passenger died after being nearly blown out of the cabin.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, en route from New York to Dallas with 149 individuals on board, was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia airport on Tuesday.
The CFM56-7B engine is currently in use on more than 8,000 Boeing 737 planes, the manufacturer says.