Riordan was pulled back in by passengers, but later died from her injuries.
A WOMAN has died after a United States passenger plane blew an engine at 32,000ft and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, causing her to be partially sucked out of the window. "The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings".
Federal investigators say an engine blew apart Tuesday on the flight from NY to Dallas, sending debris into the fuselage and shattering a window. It reads, in part, "We all feel we were simply doing our jobs". He lauded the work of the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, and the rest of the flight crew.
The National Transportation Safety Board also blamed metal fatigue for the engine failure on a Southwest plane in Florida in 2016.
Investigators said the blade that broke off midflight and triggered the fatal accident was showing signs of metal fatigue - microscopic cracks from repeated use. The incident marked the first passenger fatality on a USA carrier since 2009. The flight made an emergency diversion to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) earlier today after the Crew reported issues with the number one engine which resulted in damage to the fuselage.
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Sumwalt said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told him on Tuesday night that "Southwest will begin an aggressive ultrasonic inspection campaign for their entire fleet".
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered enhanced inspections of certain Boeing 737 engines after an explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight this week killed a woman. The NTSB added that it continues to investigate the engine failure.
According to Boeing, the CFM56-7B engine is used on more than 8,000 Boeing 737 jet aircraft.
Investigators say a fan blade snapped off as the plane cruised at 500 miles per hour high above Pennsylvania. Pieces of the plane were found in rural Pennsylvania by investigators who tracked them on radar.
A "fatigue crack" in one of the blown engine's fan blades is believed to be the cause of the incident but it is now under investigation. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, an emergency at that altitude would have only given passengers 30 seconds to wear their oxygen masks.
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Passengers scrambled to save the woman from getting sucked out the window that had been smashed by debris. "He couldn't do it by himself, so another gentleman came over and helped to get her back in the plane, and they got her".
Her employer, Wells Fargo, released a statement calling Riordan "a well-known leader who was loved and respected", while Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said "her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed". He said he thought he was documenting the last moments of his life. During the incident, he logged on to the in-flight Wi-Fi to send messages to his family. Who died on Southwest flight?
Many passengers seen in cellphone images from Tuesday's Southwest flight that suffered a blown engine were incorrectly wearing their oxygen masks.
NTSB accident investigations often take a year to 18 months to complete.
Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing of proposed inspections and with regulators over costs after a 2016 accident involving the airline that was caused by a fan blade separating, public documents showed.
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The Federal Aviation Administration will soon begin ordering USA airlines to inspect engine fan blades that have reached a certain number of takeoffs and landings.