Southwest Cancels Dozens Of Flights For Engine Inspections

About 14,000 CFM-56B engines are in use and CFM said its service bulletin would affect about 60 customers. Engine debris from the plane broke a window...

Ultrasonic tests on fan blades that have performed 30,000 or more total accumulated flight cycles will be carried out.

Southwest said it has minimized flight disruptions with aircraft routing to cover open trips, performing inspections overnight and using spare aircraft when available.

One cycle is a takeoff, landing and full engine shut down.

"We have part of the aircraft missing so we're going to need to slow down a bit", she said, adding that some passengers had been hurt.

The FAA must mandate the additional inspections of engines similar to the Southwest airliner that blew apart this week to improve safety.

The full investigation of the accident would take 12-15 months, Sumwalt has said. Each aircraft has two engines. The plane safely landed in Philadelphia. Damage to the plane's body killed a passenger.

"The Group will fully comply with the directives issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and GE Aviation and will conduct the necessary inspections in the mandated time period".

No blame has been assigned to the airline for the engine explosion which sent a piece of shrapnel flying through the window next to Riordan.

Flight cancellations on Monday are primarily in and out of major hubs: Chicago Midway, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, and Dallas Love Field. No other Australian airlines fly Boeing 737s. The average age of this fleet is 5.7 years, equating to 8,550 cycles.

But he was thinking differently Wednesday as he and his wife, Monica, waited to board a Florida-bound flight from Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Chicago Midway, where Southwest has an even bigger operation, has the most, with 22, according to FlightAware.

The move comes after the mid-air incident last Tuesday, April 17, where an engine exploded on Flight 1380.

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