Southwest Flight To Chicago Delayed Due To Technical Difficulties

U.S. Navy fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults who later became a commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines. She was the pilot of Southwest Flight 1380

Southwest Flight To Chicago Delayed Due To Technical Difficulties

The company that manufactured the jet engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after a mid-air engine failure, is calling for immediate ultrasonic inspections of fan blades on older engines of that type.

Ms Mackey said she and others are experiencing survivor guilt, especially because the airline allows passengers to pick their own seats.

"God is good" she texted a friend after making the emergency landing in Philadelphia according to the Dallas News. When that blade broke away at the fan's hub, it carried with it parts of the engine cowling and related engine parts. Riordan died from head injuries, and seven others were treated for injuries.

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Jennifer Riordan was identified as the woman killed on the Southwest Airlines flight. The plane's engine had undergone a visual inspection just two days before. "We know there are many in the community who want to celebrate Jennifer".

It was unclear why the left engine of the flight malfunctioned when the plane was over 32,000 feet. One of the cracks was consistent with metal fatigue, he said. The inspection requirement applies to CFM56-7B engines. Sumwalt said the crack was not detectable from the outside.

"Sitting by the window - particularly if she was leaning against it the way many people do when they're resting - when it broke the full force of the depressurization would have sucked her right out", said the individual, who asked not to be named to speak candidly about the investigation findings.

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"More than likely, when the engine fan blade separated, it caused the cowling to separate and end up in this small town northwest of the airport", he said. They've also recovered the airplane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, and are still tracking down debris from the engine. A jet engine cycle comprises an engine start, takeoff and landing, and full shut down.

"When we announced the accelerated engine fan blade inspection program on Tuesday night, we said there would be some impact to the operation", Southwest's communications team in a statement.

She is survived by two children and her husband, Michael Riordan, who was once the chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque, CNN affiliate KOAT reported.

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