Southwest giving passengers $5000 checks on accident flight

Marco Green
April 21, 2018

An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday while the plane was flying from NY to Dallas, and debris hit it, causing extensive damage.

Passengers scrambled to save the woman from getting sucked out the window that had been smashed by debris.

Passengers described scenes of panic as a piece of shrapnel from the engine shattered a window, nearly sucking Ms Riordan out.

A CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 exploded over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, sending shrapnel into the fuselage of the Boeing 737-700 plane and shattering a window.

Passenger Marty Martinez of Dallas said he has no immediate plan to cash the check.

A passenger from New Mexico, Jennifer Riordan, was killed.

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

Southwest said it needed more time, and it raised concern over the number of engines it would need to inspect.

NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said, however, that the kind of wear seen where the missing fan blade broke off would not have been visible just by looking at the engine.

John Goglia, a former NTSB member, said investigators will take the Southwest engine apart to understand what happened and will look at maintenance records for the engine.

FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 photo shows an engine through a window of a Southwest Airlines flight.

She said the company had satisfied CFM's recommendations, but she did not immediately answer questions about how many engines had been inspected and whether the failed engine had been inspected.

The Southwest CEO protested that it is too soon to say whether Tuesday's accident is related to any other engine failures.

The plane shook and rattled while the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, fought to land it safely. The break appears to have caused an engine failure that forced the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.

"There did not seem to be a demand for women pilots", she said, adding that her Hornet flight training squadron did not share her commander's "open-mindedness about flying with women".

"She has nerves of steel".

"All we knew we could do was stay with her and get her home", she said. 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.

"Everything you do you double-check and back each other up", Sullenberger said.

"She was out of the plane".

Investigators said a blade in the engine broke off during the flight. Seven passengers were injured. Bourman said she also saw a man in a cowboy hat rush to cover the broken window and that the man had a bandage around his arm after the plane landed.

The plane tilted 41 degrees into a left turn, which is about twice as steep as a typical airline turn, Sumwalt said. CFM International is a joint venture of General Electric and France's Safran.

The fatal incident on a Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday has sparked a safety debate, with the Federal Aviation Administration preparing to order far-reaching inspections of the engine type believed to be responsible for the accident.

In a brief statement late Wednesday, an FAA official said the agency will issue an order in the next two weeks to require ultrasonic inspection of fan blades on some CFM56-7B engines after they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings.

"I feel for her family", Needum said.

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