More (CFM) Engine Flaws Found After Fatal Southwest Airlines Incident Spurred Global Inspections - "That's a lot of blades that are cracking"
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November 14, 2018 - by Benjamin Din and Alan Levin for Bloomberg
The Boeing 737 is among the most reliable jets in aviation history. But the aircraft has been involved in several high-profile incidents over the past few years. Let's hope the industry learns from these events and makes sure they do not repeat.
Inspections around the world after a jet engine failed earlier this year on a Southwest Airlines Co. plane, killing a passenger, found an additional eight cases of cracked fan blades like the one that triggered the incident.
The unexpected damage to the plane — caused by pieces from the exterior of the engine flying loose and striking the fuselage and wing — led to an examination of other engines and the discovery of additional cracked blades, Mark Habedank, an engineer for engine-maker CFM International Inc. told an investigative hearing in Washington Wednesday.
"That's a lot of blades that are cracking," said John DeLisi, the chief aviation safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board...