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

Featured image by video screen capture

C:\Users\dougk\OneDrive\Documents\Websites\Fighter Sweep\Images\2018 April\Southwest_Airlines_Engine_Failure_Possible_Metal_Fatigue

If you enjoyed this article, please consider supporting our Veteran Editorial by becoming a SOFREP subscriber. Click here to get 3 months of full ad-free access for only $1 $29.97.