Metal fatigue blamed for engine blow out

Gary Kelly - Flight 1380

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A nurse answered a call for help and tried to do CPR.

"This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated", said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

Riordan's family also released a statement saying, "Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. Our hearts are heavy", the two pilots said in the statement. "We will do all that we can to support them during this very hard time".

Riordan was well known in New Mexico, where she built a career over more than two decades in community relations and communications after graduating from the University of New Mexico. Both that plane and the jet that made a harrowing emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia were powered by CFM56 engines.

"She said she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she couldn't", Foster said. "I can probably tell you there was significant trauma to the body". "I wish we could turn back time and this didn't happen", Marianne Riordan said. But I am. I am.

Tranchin told 6-ABC the crew was frantically trying to plug a hole left when a window shattered.

"PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants!" At least one bought in-flight WiFi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones.

The blast sent debris flying like shrapnel into the plane, breaking a window. No other details about that. "We've got injured passengers".

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a halt to arrivals and departures at the Philadelphia airport and delays were growing, according to an agency website. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands.

"She has nerves of steel, that lady", one passenger said. And what was most dire was a female passenger being sucked into the hole where the window had been.

Kelly said Tuesday's plane had flown 40,000 cycles.

The entire incident, he said, lasted 22 minutes. "That was just chaos all around".

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In the wake of the tragedy, numerous passengers on the harrowing flight have called Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to become a Navy fighter pilot, a hero.

"They had a great marriage", Gerard said.

Tammie Jo Shults managed to get the rest of her 140 passengers home safely after the engine of her Boeing 737 exploded at 32,000ft. It will require inspections of some CFM56-7B engines, the type on the Southwest flight, and FAA officials acknowledged the total number of engines could be higher than the 220 initially estimated. United Airlines said Wednesday it has begun inspecting some of its planes. A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines.

It was a rough landing, he said, and things were so chaotic he wasn't sure if the plane was going to crash.

Meanwhile, Shults is being lauded as a hero for handling the harrowing emergency landing.

Passenger Kathy Farnan said crew members knew what they were doing and kept everyone calm. "We're just grateful to have closure".

Passengers are also reminded to secure their own masks before assisting a child or another person with their masks. 7 other passengers sustained minor injuries.

She is the first death from an in-flight incident in company history, the airline said.

By now, everyone has heard about the Southwest Airlines aircraft accident (flight 1380).

Sumwalt said the investigation could take 12 to 15 months to complete.

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon begin ordering USA airlines to inspect engine fan blades that have reached a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Investigators found that the blade had suffered metal fatigue at the point of the break. If your parts were on that engine anywhere then you should already have technical experts assigned to be part of (or to follow) that investigation.

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