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FAA orders emergency jet engine inspections after United States plane failure

FAA orders emergency jet engine inspections after United States plane failureā€

Emergency personnel monitor the damaged engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which diverted to the Philadelphia International Airport this morning after the airline crew reported damage to one of the aircraft's engines, on a runway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. April 17, 2018.

The Federal Aviation Administration followed suit with its own "Emergency Airworthiness Directive" Friday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines flight 1380 was forced into an emergency landing after a fan blade broke off the engine and pieces smashed through a window mid-flight, the FAA said. Riordan's death marked the first fatality from an accident aboard a USA airline since 2009, when a Colgan Air plane crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., killing 44 passengers and a person on the ground.

Southwest said after the incident that it was accelerating its existing engine inspection program "out of an abundance of caution" and expected to complete it over the next 30 days.

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On Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt, the chief investigator of US aviation accidents, said he could not yet say if the incident pointed to a fleet-wide issue.

The requirement from the agency comes after the engine maker, CFM International, issued a service bulletin recommending that more engines be inspected. The NSTB has however declined to comment on Friday.

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Several major airline officials said the order would primarily affect airlines with higher use of aircraft covering shorter routes.

United Continental Holdings said that they have begun the on inspections earlier after a recommendation from CFM.

Approximately 14,000 CFM56-7B engines are in operation. More than 150 of those have already been checked by operators, it said.

Following the first inspection, CFM recommends another inspection every 3,000 cycles or about two years of service.

Several other domestic airlines, including Delta and American, also began inspections of certain engine fan blades previous year following the 2016 incident, according to Bloomberg.

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