Some major customers of Boeing Co’s popular 737 jets said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday. European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year, and a person familiar with the matter said U.S. regulators were near a similar rule, which affects a number of 737s in operation globally.
The death of one person on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 is the first accident-related fatality on a US passenger airline since February 2009. US National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt announced the death today (April 17) following the flight’s emergency landing in Philadelphia due to an apparent in-flight engine failure. Until this incident, no one had died in a US-airline accident since a Continental Connection flight, operated as Colgan Air Flight 3407, crashed Feb. 12, 2009. Forty-nine people were killed.
The New York Daily News reports:
Passengers aboard the tumultuous Southwest Airlines flight — during which one person was killed after nearly being ripped from the plane — are crediting pilot Tammie Jo Shults’ quick thinking with saving their lives. The MidAmerican Nazarene University grad was reportedly one of the earliest female Navy fliers to pilot the F/A-18 Hornet, but got a lot of pushback when joining the military in the early 1980s.