Southwest Airlines engine fault reported earlier


New York April 19 (TNS): An engine glitch behind the fatal mid-air engine explosion that punctured a passenger jet window of a Southwest Airlines flight travelling from New York to Dallas on Tuesday was reported in 2016, it emerged.

Investigators said that there was a fault with the engine’s fan blades, the cause of the incident, two years ago. US aviation authorities had been ordered inspections of similar jet engines.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 carrying 149 people was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia airport on Tuesday following a fault with one of its CFM56-7B engines. A similar incident was recorded in 2016 involving a Southwest flight that landed safely in Florida. A female passenger had died in the incident.