Southwest cancels about 40 flights for
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[April 23, 2018]
By David Shepardson
(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co <LUV.N>
said it canceled about 40 flights on Sunday, or 1 percent of those
scheduled, as it inspects engines after last week’s deadly accident in
The airline said the cancellations were the result of the company’s
announcement on Tuesday that it would over the next 30 days begin
inspecting other CFM56-7B engines, manufactured by CFM International,
the engine involved in last week's accident.
At the time, Southwest said those inspections would cause some impact on
operations, but it has not said how many engines it planned to inspect.
On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration and European airline
regulators ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700
aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest engine
blowout earlier this week.
The engine explosion on Southwest Flight 1380 on Tuesday was caused by a
fan blade that broke off, the FAA said. The blast shattered a window,
killing a passenger, in the first U.S. passenger airline fatality since
Southwest has declined to answer questions about its CFM56-7B inspection
program, including how many engines were inspected prior to the accident
and if the engine that failed had been inspected.
A Southwest flight in August 2016 with a CFM56-7B engine made a safe
emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, after a fan blade separated and
debris ripped a hole above the left wing.
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Emergency personnel monitor the damaged engine of Southwest
Airlines Flight 1380, which diverted to the Philadelphia
International Airport after the airline crew reported damage to one
of the aircraft's engines, on a runway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
U.S. April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Makela
After that incident, the European agency gave airlines nine months
to check engines. U.S. regulators were still were considering what
to do after proposing some checks.
(Reporting by Dave Shepardson; Additional reporting by Nick Brown;
Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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