Fan Blade, Engine Cover Are Factors in Southwest Flight 1380 Engine Failure

Doris Richards
April 19, 2018

While Sumwalt has said that it is too early to make a direct comparison, the incident was reminiscent of the uncontained engine failure on a Southwest 737-700 on August 27, 2016, that forced pilots to divert to Pensacola International Airport, Florida, during a flight from New Orleans to Orlando. The toll was one dead, 148 virtually unscathed. One hundred twelve people died and 184 survived.

The terrifying episode unfolded about 20 minutes after the flight left New York's LaGuardia Airport. The plane began a rapid descent but began to stabilize.

Closer to the front of the plane, the danger was much more apparent.

Somewhat unbelievably, there have been instances where people have tried to grab their bags and shoes in emergencies before leaving a plane.

"One of those has a crack or is out of balance, the whole engine goes", said aviation expert Denny Kelly, pointing at a diagram of the engine. But what I couldn't stop thinking about was the fact that a passenger actually took a selfie during this emergency situation.

Investigators said a blade that broke off mid-flight and triggered the fatal accident was showing signs of metal fatigue - microscopic cracks that can splinter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines.

Authorities were still investigating.

"We are still in the very beginning stations of looking for what we need", he said. At cruising altitude, about 36,000 feet, the air pressure is much lower. Air rushed out the shattered window. She was wearing a seatbelt.

Passenger Tim McGinty, a ranch real estate worker in a cowboy hat, was sitting nearby.

But while Martinez, who runs a Dallas marketing agency, said on Wednesday he wanted to communicate with loved ones, many social media users attacked him in expletive-laced postings, with one saying Martinez himself should have been the one who died. Together they pulled her in.

Enter passenger Peggy Phillips, a retired nurse who rushed to Riordan's aid after hearing a call for CPR.


In her role as vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, Riordan managed the volunteer service of more than 1,000 employees since 2008, according to her Linkedin profile.

CFM did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

"They are all heroes".

How did the drama unfold?

The way Captain Tammie Jo Shults handled the emergency has been applauded by passengers, but in a joint statement with First Officer Daren Ellisor, the captain shrugged off praise for their actions. The only means of ensuring adequate safety and access to air travel is to bring the airlines under the democratic control of the working class as a public utility, along with all other transportation infrastructure.

"Could you have the medical meet us there on the runway as well?"

He repeats, "Injured passengers. And is your airplane physically on fire?" She hung out the hole for many minutes, said Hollie Mackey, who sat next to the victim, and Amy Serafini, who was in the row behind the woman.

Madison texted friends and loved ones, assuring them he survived. And listen to the flight attendants. "It's going to take some time to determine what happened, unless it's really obvious". "She's a very calming person".

"But I also knew that whatever God's plan for me was, I was going to be blessed either way", he said.

Investigators will complete transcription of the cockpit voice recorder in the next several days, and the NTSB's maintenance investigators are in Dallas at Southwest's headquarters.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER