U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off and triggered a fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet.

Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest jet blew apart Tuesday, showering the plane with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window died of her injuries. The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Tuesday’s accident broke a string of eight straight years without a fatal accident involving a U.S. passenger airliner.

“Engine failures like this should not occur,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. – AP

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