Ntsb, FAA, Westjet discussed on All Things Considered


There's a lot to study there's a lot to understand a lot of systems to troubleshoot but we are getting some new details today from the time that the engine failed to win it landed was twenty two minutes when that engine failed the ntsb said late today that the aircraft went into a rapid and uncontrolled bank of forty one degrees typically a commercial plane will only make twenty or twenty five degrees but really for now the investigation is really focusing on that on that left engine so how does this end with what else is unit this point well these engines really are incredibly reliable they're incredibly safe but but one of the fan blades in that engine it's separated and investigators say it was because of metal fatigue and that's i mean that's really worrisome because there was a similar accident that also happened quite by happenstance on a southwest jet in two thousand sixteen this particular engine was called a cf m fifty six it's as i say widely used experts say it's a has a great safety record but last year the faa and the engine maker instructed airlines to inspect fan blades on engines like this one and it was because of a family that had failed and hurled debris like what happened yesterday and the ntsb today so they're not sure if the engine from yesterday was one of those that was required to have that inspection but regardless southwest has said that it is expediting its inspections and other airlines that fly these engines are following suit westjet which is based in canada announced today that it's also accelerating its inspections of these engines the passengers on board obviously said that this was a pretty terrifying experienced how do pilots handle something like this well really you know this is what every pilot trains for you know you practice for these emergencies so that you know when they happen you know what to do and and you can often sort of hear it here i mean here's the pilot tammy jo scholtz she's talking to air traffic control in the middle of it all yesterday passengers.

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