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A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of at least 220 aircraft engines as investigators are focusing on a broken fan blade in an engine that exploded Tuesday on a Southwest Aiirlines flight, killing a passenger.

European regulators last month required airlines flying in Europe to conduct the inspection, but the FAA had not yet required them despite proposing a similar directive last August. The NTSB's 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.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet it was aware of the incident and was gathering information. "Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced", FAA said in a statement released on the evening of April 18.

The CFM56 is arguably one of the safest and most popular jet engines in the world, with more than 30,000 units produced since 1980, and it's used on both civilian and military aircraft.

A Southwest jetliner made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after an engine blew out, forcing the suspension of flights in and out of the airport.

Debris from the blade and cowling sprayed across the wing and fuselage of the moving plane, former NTSB air crash investigator Alan Diehl told the Wall Street Journal.

The pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard took it into a rapid descent Tuesday and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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

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"Those people. I'm sorry that they'll probably have images in their head that they'll never forget", she said, "but Jennifer would be the first to say your job is to keep living, and live well". The incident marked the first passenger fatality on a US carrier since 2009.

One person was killed, and seven were hospitalized with minor injuries, authorities said.

"Our experts have been documenting the window frame area to understand how the window came out, and I want to know, we have found no window pane materials, the acryllic the window panes are made of, we found really no acryllic 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".

Cockpit recordings show how calmly Ms Shults dealt with the situation as the aircraft plunged towards the ground. "We are holding Jennifer and her family in our thoughts and prayers". "Our hearts are heavy", the pair said. That lady, I applaud her, ' said Alfred Tumlinson, of Texas.

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". Objects flew out the hole where the window had been, and "passengers right next to her were holding onto her".

"In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, panels above your seat will open revealing oxygen masks."

Meanwhile, Shults is being lauded as a hero for handling the harrowing emergency landing. "Southwest 1380 it doesn't matter we will work it out there". "OK, and is your plane physically on fire?"