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FAA calls for blade inspections after Southwest engine explosion




National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered inspections Wednesday on engine fan blades following a fatal explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight.

The CFM56-7B engine on the 737 Southwest jet blew apart on Tuesday and resulted in the death of a woman who was partially blown out of the window. The passenger, Jennifer Riordan, died of blunt impact trauma to the head, neck and torso, according to Philadelphia’s medical examiner.

We talk to safety experts to examine why one of the fan blades shot off and what does that mean to future airline safety regulations.

Guests:

John Goglia, aviation safety teacher at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York. He is an independent safety consultant and a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board member; he tweets @crashdetective

Cem Tasan, professor of metallurgy at the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)