FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine’s manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her injuries. The plane, which was headed from New York to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (AP)

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<p>A National Transportation Safety Board investigator photographs a piece of debris that landed in Penn Township, Berks County field from a plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday after a fatal engine mishap, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on state game lands. (Photo: Bill Uhrich/Reading Eagle via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator photographs a piece of debris that landed in Penn Township, Berks County field from a plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday after a fatal engine mishap, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on state game lands. (Photo: Bill Uhrich/Reading Eagle via AP)

<p>A NTSB photo shows a part of the engine cowling from the Southwest Airlines plane which blew its engine in mid air yesterday over the skies of Philadelphia, Pa., in this image released on April 18, 2018. (Photo: NTSB/Handout via Reuters) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A NTSB photo shows a part of the engine cowling from the Southwest Airlines plane which blew its engine in mid air yesterday over the skies of Philadelphia, Pa., in this image released on April 18, 2018. (Photo: NTSB/Handout via Reuters)

<p>National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine a piece of debris from the plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday after a fatal engine mishap in Penn Township, Berks County, Pa. field Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on state game lands. (Photo: Bill Uhrich/Reading Eagle via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine a piece of debris from the plane that made an emergency landing Tuesday after a fatal engine mishap in Penn Township, Berks County, Pa. field Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on state game lands. (Photo: Bill Uhrich/Reading Eagle via AP)

<p>A National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia., Pa., on April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia., Pa., on April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP)

<p>A National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP)

<p>National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt briefs reporters at National Airport in in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, on the Southwest Airlines plane incident in Philadelphia. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt briefs reporters at National Airport in in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, on the Southwest Airlines plane incident in Philadelphia. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>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, April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest 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, April 17, 2018. (Photo: NTSB via AP)

<p>A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

<p>This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, shown after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, shown after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP)

<p>A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

<p>This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the jet engine casing of a Southwest Airlines airplane Martinez was a passenger on after pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard took it into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the jet engine casing of a Southwest Airlines airplane Martinez was a passenger on after pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard took it into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP)

<p>Jim Demetros hugs his wife Cindy as she arrives from their home in Connecticut to pick him at Philadelphia International Airport, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, after his Southwest Airlines plane landed with a damaged engine. (Photo: Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

Jim Demetros hugs his wife Cindy as she arrives from their home in Connecticut to pick him at Philadelphia International Airport, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, after his Southwest Airlines plane landed with a damaged engine. (Photo: Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

<p>In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from a window during the flight with 149 people aboard. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from a window during the flight with 149 people aboard. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP)

<p>Pilot Tammie Jo Schults and cabin crew are seen on Southwest Airlines flight 1380, in Philadelphia, Pa., April 17, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Kristopher Johnson/via Reuters) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

Pilot Tammie Jo Schults and cabin crew are seen on Southwest Airlines flight 1380, in Philadelphia, Pa., April 17, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Kristopher Johnson/via Reuters)

<p>This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was nearly sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. (Photo: Marty Martinez via AP)

<p>In this 2017 photo, Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, N.M., poses for a photo in Albuquerque. Family, friends and community leaders are mourning the death of Riordan, a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine as she was flying home from a business trip to New York. (Photo: Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

In this 2017 photo, Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, N.M., poses for a photo in Albuquerque. Family, friends and community leaders are mourning the death of Riordan, a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine as she was flying home from a business trip to New York. (Photo: Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

<p>U.S. Navy Lieutenant Tammie Jo Shults, who is currently a Southwest Airlines pilot, poses in front of a Navy F/A-18A in this 1992 photo released in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018. (Photo: Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters) </p>
FAA orders jet engine inspections after Southwest explosion

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Tammie Jo Shults, who is currently a Southwest Airlines pilot, poses in front of a Navy F/A-18A in this 1992 photo released in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018. (Photo: Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters)

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