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FAA orders mandatory checks of Boeing 737 engines

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/19/18, 11:30 am

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered inspections of fan blades on engines like the one that failed Tuesday on a Southwest Airlines plane, killing one passenger. The government agency considered ordering mandatory inspections of the CFM56-7B engines used on Boeing 737s last year, after the manufacturer recommended the checks. But the FAA never issued the final order. CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co.

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Southwest jet engine that killed woman had ‘metal fatigue’

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/18/18, 10:27 am

The engine that exploded Tuesday in flight on a Southwest Airlines plane, killing one passenger, showed signs of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The incident marked the first passenger death on a U.S. airline since 2009. The twin-engine Boeing 737 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport for Dallas on Tuesday with 149 passengers on board. Debris from the left engine smashed open a window, and the depressurization of the cabin nearly sucked out one passenger from the plane.

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Boston marks five years since marathon bombing

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/16/18, 12:45 pm

More than 30,000 marathoners braved a cold, windy, and wet morning for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, five years after a terror attack killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others at the event. The city marked the attack anniversary Sunday with a wreath-laying ceremony at the sites where two pressure cooker bombs exploded. “On April 15, 2013, our city changed forever, but over the last five years, we have reclaimed hope,” said Mayor Marty Walsh.

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