US safety board wants Boeing to redesign 737 NG part after fatal Southwest accident
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday called on Boeing Co to redesign the fan cowl structure on all 737 NG planes and retrofit existing planes after an April 2019 incident in which a woman was killed on a Southwest Airlines plane after an engine failure caused by a fan blade.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The NTSB did not call for the planes to be grounded and noted that airlines are now inspecting the fan blades on a more regular basis.
The plane, bound for Dallas, diverted to Philadelphia International Airport.
The board noted that there are 14,600 CFM56-7B engines in service with 356,000 fan blades on the Boeing planes, with 400 million flights over more than two decades and two reported engine failures.
The engine on the plane's left side spewed bits of metal when it blew apart, shattering a window and causing rapid cabin depressurization, the NTSB said. In 2018, the NTSB said two passengers eventually pulled Riordan, who was buckled into her seat, back inside the plane.Read more: The Straits Times
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