Images from Southwest flight show passengers didn't put oxygen masks on right

Daniel Fowler
April 19, 2018

"In aviation, there should be inspection techniques and procedures in place to detect something like that".

A man in a cowboy hat, rancher Tim McGinty of Hillsboro, Texas, tore his mask off and struggled to pull the woman in.

"This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated", said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

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The order, called an air-worthiness directive, would require an ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of flights.

The agency said the airworthiness directive would be released within the next two weeks.

She got a round of applause from the passengers after putting the plane down safely. Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on US airlines.

The engine had been used for 40,000 cycles (takeoffs and landings) and had been overhauled 10,700 flights ago, Southwest said. One of the passengers said: "From her waist above, she was outside of the plane".

American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta Air Lines has about 185.

More routinely perform inspections, he said, only reveal issues visible along the exterior of the blade.

The incident broke a run of eight years without a fatal accident involving a USA airliner.

The plane finally touched ground 22 minutes later, speeding onto the runway at about 190 miles an hour, said Sumwalt.

"We heard a loud noise and the plane started shaking like nothing I've ever experienced before", retired nurse Peggy Phillips told WFAA-TV in Dallas.

Shrapnel hit the plane and passengers said they had to rescue a woman who was being blown out of a damaged window.

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The 43-year-old bank executive and mother of two died from her injuries, after passengers and crew members pulled her back in.

Philadelphia's medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso, and ruled the death an accident, spokesman Jim Garrow said.

The NTSB said the descent was steep and the landing was rough.

"The plane dropped immediately", said Matt Tranchin, who was sitting three rows behind Riordan.

In other words, Capt. Shults flew the Boeing 737 for about 130 miles using just one engine and a damaged wing, after the jetliner shifted up significantly from its course.

The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

Before Wednesday's announcement, critics accused the FAA of inaction in the face of a threat to safety.

An engine explosion on Southwest Flight 1380 caused a passenger's window to break just before noon, which almost pulled Jennifer Riordan, 43, out of the plane 32,000 feet above Philadelphia, NBC reports.

He said the plane rolled to 41 degrees, when pilots rarely go to 25 degrees.

William Waldock, a safety expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, predicted the FAA's decision.

He thought about his family and whether he'd see them again.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly issued a statement Tuesday evening regarding the tragic incident. A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines.

"She encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, looked over my resume and really pushed me", said Muffoletto, who eventually became a sought-out lobbyist in the New Mexico Statehouse.

But it did happen, and now investigators in Philadelphia and Dallas have to pour through the maintenance records and the debris.

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