Southwest Airlines engine failure investigation focuses on broken metal fan blade

By KAGS-TV (Bryan, TX)

Apr 18, 2018

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Federal investigators in the engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that killed one passenger are focusing on a broken metal fan that could signal a need for more inspections on the wear and tear of planes.

Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said one of the 24 fan blades that push air into the left engine of the 737-700 broke off and was missing.

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