FAA orders jet engine inspections after fatal Southwest accident

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(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered new inspection requirements for engines similar to the one that failed earlier in the week on a Southwest Airlines flight, resulting in a passenger's death.

The directions by the USA federal Aviation Administrator on and the European Aviation safety Agency for inspections CFM56-7B engines, made by CFM International, which indicated rising concerns since a similar failure in 2016 of the same type of engine. It is the product of a 40-year-old joint venture between GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines called CFM International.

It says about 150 of the engines have already gone through the process.

An aircraft cycle includes an engine start, a takeoff and landing, and a shutdown.

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Prior to the emergency order, CFM International, manufacturer of the engines, had issued guidelines for the ultrasonic inspections.

The shrapnel shattered a window and depressurized the cabin, partially sucking a woman out of the plane.

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

The transport ministry on Saturday ordered Japanese airlines to make the emergency inspections.

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The FAA said, "The engine explosion on South-west Airlines-flight 1380 was caused by a fan blade that broke off".

Southwest announced just hours after the incident that it would conduct additional inspections of its CFM56-7B engines. There were no victims.

The new inspection is to be done while the engine is on the aircraft's wing.

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