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FAA Orders New Engine Inspections After Southwest Airlines Accident

The engine's manufacturer also issued new inspection guidelines.
Posted at 9:47 AM, Apr 21, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered engine inspection requirements for planes using similar engines to the one that failed on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this week, killing one person.

The agency told airlines they should do ultrasonic inspections that could detect cracks and signs of fatigue that simple naked-eye inspections couldn't detect.

On Tuesday, a Southwest Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a fan blade in the engine broke off and shrapnel shattered a window. One woman died after being transported to a hospital.

The FAA's announcement came after the engine's manufacturer issued a recommendation that airlines inspect that particular engine type more frequently.