WASHINGTON — Federal officials are suggesting modification and further inspection of close to 2,000 Boeing airplanes in the USA. The motive is to prevent the engine-housing breakup of 2018 from repeating. An engine-house breakup in 2018 killed a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight.
This proposal came from the Federal Aviation Administration last Tuesday, and it largely follows the recommendations from Boeing made to the airlines last July. This process would require replacing fasteners and other different parts close to the engine of many of the older Boeing 737s.
Airlines also have a timeframe till before the end of July 2028 to complete these changes. However, this work won’t be necessary on the Max jets, which are the latest versions of the 737.
Some Past Incidents With Boeing And Other Flights
The FFA has claimed to have responded to two different incidents in which parts of the plane’s cowling ( the one that covers the engine) broke away from the planes. One such incident occurred in 2016. The same fatal incident repeated in 2018 on a Southwest jet that was flying over Pennsylvania.
Both of the incidents began with broken fan blades. The second incident involved the broken blade hitting the engine cowling. It broke and struck the engine fan case at a very critical point. It started a chain reaction, causing the cowling to break loose and hit the plane. Eventually, it shattered the window and killed a 43-year-old (mother of two) who was sitting next to the window.
On Tuesday, FFA suggested that there needs to be more regulations to prevent engine housing parts from breaking away during a fan blade failure.
According to FFA’s new proposal, the airlines would have to replace fasteners on different planes and install extra parts on all the different affected areas of 737s. In addition, FFA’s estimation suggests that this proposal will affect 1979 airplanes that are registered in the United States.