FAA orders faster inspections of airplane engines made in Southwest Ohio

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

An engine on a Boeing 767 jet aircraft, at a Boeing facility in Everett, Wash. in 2012. The Boeing 737 engine that failed on Southwest Flight 1380 is not the only one that has caught the eye of regulators: Engines on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 767 have also failed, prompting questions about their design and inspection procedures. Stuart Isett/The New York Times
An engine on a Boeing 767 jet aircraft, at a Boeing facility in Everett, Wash. in 2012. The Boeing 737 engine that failed on Southwest Flight 1380 is not the only one that has caught the eye of regulators: Engines on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 767 have also failed, prompting questions about their design and inspection procedures. Stuart Isett/The New York Times

The Federal Aviation Administration wants faster inspections of Boeing engines made by a company with a presence in West Chester Twp. and the Cincinnati area.

The FAA ordered faster inspections Wednesday for Boeing 737 aircraft, to ensure that older fan blades in about 5,400 engines are inspected by the end of June.

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This dovetails with what the engine manufacturer, CFM International, directed last week to hasten inspections for engines with more than 20,000 flights.

CFM, which has offices in West Chester Twp., is jointly owned by GE Aviation and Safran, a French company. The engines are made in the GE Aviation plant in Evendale.

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CFM and GE representatives are inspecting CFM56-7 engines after a Southwest Airlines engine exploded mid-flight last month. A passenger died after she was pulled halfway through a window shattered by debris from the exploding engine.

“The FAA is acting to ensure an extra measure of safety for fan blade performance in CFM56 engines,” the FAA said in a statement.

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