Southwest Airlines victim Jennifer Riordan was 'thoughtful leader' in New Mexico

Leigh Mccormick
April 20, 2018

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months, saying it needed more time to conduct the inspections.

The incident, which left one passenger dead, is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

"(Oxygen masks are) the first line of defense against the potentially lethal effects of hypoxia and carbon monoxide poisoning", the Federal Aviation Administration explains on its website. "So careful (visual) maintenance inspection from outside the fan blade would not have detected it, more than likely".

Sumwalt also said a casing on the engine is meant to contain any parts that come loose but, due to the speed, the metal was able to penetrate the shell.

In a statement on its website, the company said: "The CFM56-7B engine powering this aircraft has compiled an outstanding safety and reliability record since entering revenues service in 1997 while powering more than 6,700 aircraft worldwide".

"We may be seeing a new phenomenon involving engines as they get old", said Bill Waldock, an expert on aircraft accident investigations with the Embry Aeronautical University.

It is unclear whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.

An emotional Andrew Needum told reporters Thursday that he was traveling with his wife, two young children and parents when they heard a loud pop Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from NY to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after one of its engines failed and caused an explosion that sent shrapnel into the cabin. Witnesses speaking with Philadelphia media identified Riordan as the passenger almost sucked out the window. "They said there's a hole and that someone went out".

The last USA airline fatality occurred on February 12, 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407 experienced an aerodynamic stall that was attributed by the NTSB to the captain's inappropriate response to the activation of the stick shaker. Seven others were treated for minor injuries, though it's not clear whether any happened because the passengers wore their masks wrong. Analysis of the window frame vicinity at Row 14, where the fatally injured passenger was seated, "found no window materials-the acrylic that the windows are made of-inside the airplane".

Schiavo called for a "surgical grounding" - "a very strategic grounding of certain engines on certain planes to get this testing done immediately".

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults says: 'OK, could you have the medical meet us there on the runway as well.

"She has nerves of steel, that lady", one passenger said.

On social media, some compared the mother-of-two with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who glided a US Airways plane into New York's main waterway in 2009 in what became known as "The Miracle on the Hudson". I'm going to send her a Christmas card - I'm going to tell you that - with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. Listen to the instructions carefully to avoid passing out during an emergency landing. However, Southwest Airlines flight 1380 sadly suffered one casualty. Bobby Laurie, a former flight attendant turned TV show host, shared the photo with a reminder of how oxygen masks should be properly worn.

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it is missing", Shults said, pausing briefly.

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