Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES has expedited engine inspections following an engine blowout incident Tuesday that left one passenger dead and others injured. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MATT NAGER
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES has expedited engine inspections following a mid-air engine blowout incident Tuesday that left one passenger dead and others injured. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MATT NAGER
NEW YORK - Southwest Airlines Co. is stepping up engine inspections as the discount carrier known for its quirky cheerfulness and strong safety record grapples with the aftermath of its first accident to kill a passenger. Ultrasonic examinations of the fan blades on its CFM56 engines will be completed within 30 days, Southwest said. The airline,…

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