Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Brave Texas Woman Behind Southwest Airlines Flight 1380's Miraculous Landing

The Brave Texas Woman Behind Southwest Airlines Flight 1380's Miraculous Landing

Southwest Airlines disagrees with the manufacturer of the engine that blew up earlier this week over how long an inspection of the engines should have taken.

"She was an extreme go-getter, and all of the gentlemen, you know, at first the woman in a man's world is a little hard, but she put on those big boots, and she went out, and she overachieved", Parsons said.

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory.

For Southwest, this latest incident involved a titanium fan blade - one of 24 -breaking off, causing extensive damage and one fatality.

An FAA official acknowledged the total number covered may be higher.

For engines with 20,000 cycles, the engine maker recommends an ultrasonic inspection by the end of August.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, and a mother of two, was nearly sucked out of the broken window and pulled back inside by fellow passengers.

Riordan, a wife and mother of two, was wearing her seat belt.

Tammie Jo Shults landed Flight 1380 at a Philadelphia airport after the incident on Tuesday, according to passengers.

Despite her intense privacy, Shults and First Officer Ellisor will continue to help in "focused work and interviews with investigators".

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"We all feel we were simply doing our jobs", the statement read.

Tuesday's emergency broke a string of eight straight years without a fatal accident involving a US airliner.

After the first inspection, airlines should keep repeating the process every 3,000 cycles, which typically represents about two years in service, CFM said.

It's too soon to determine what happened, said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt.

A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine showed evidence of "metal fatigue", said U.S. transport officials. They, too, were confronted with a stable flight one second and bad chaos the next.

That order will affect about 680 engines globally, including about 350 in the United States, the FAA said.

CFM International, a joint venture between America's GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines, said around 150 of the engines have already been examined.

On Friday, the FAA said it was mandating inspections of certain engine blades after determining that the problem of cracks arising from metal fatigue "is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design".

The scenario is similar to the one that played out in 2009 at the hands of Sullenberger, who was the captain of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which suffered engine failure after hitting a flock of geese and was forced to make an emergency landing onto the Hudson River in Manhattan, Newsweek noted.

Several other domestic airlines, including Delta and American, also began inspections of certain engine fan blades a year ago following the 2016 incident, according to Bloomberg.

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