Southwest Airlines mechanics very anxious about safety in weeks before Flight 1380

Phillips spent 20 minutes trying to save Riordan after the passenger was nearly pulled out of the plane

Phillips spent 20 minutes trying to save Riordan after the passenger was nearly pulled out of the plane

In August 2016, a Southwest flight made a safe emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, after a fan blade separated from the same type of engine and debris ripped a hole above the left wing. About 20 minutes into the flight, at about 32,500 feet, a fan blade broke off the engine and shrapnel shattered a window.

For photos and b-roll of the Southwest's ongoing ultrasonic inspections of CFM engine fan blades on our Next Generation Fleet, we invite media to visit swamedia.com for stills and video of our ongoing inspection process. Then, on Friday, the manufacturer went further than the FAA, recommending inspections by the end of August of all engines that have gone through at least 20,000 flights. The plane, flying from NY, landed safely in Philadelphia.

In the past two years, two Southwest Airlines 737s have had major engine failures that seemed to be the result of metal fatigue, according to evidence compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The inspections will focus on the fan blades, the FAA said.

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

The airline expected to wrap up its inspection of the engines it was targeting in about 30 days.

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The CFM International service bulletin also called for airlines to repeat these inspections every 3,000 cycles or two years. She later died at a hospital.

Out of about 14,000 CFM56-7B engines in operation around the world, 681 will be subject to the inspections within 20 days, the company said.

More than 150 have already been inspected.

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This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was almost sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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