The Latest: Hearing on fatal Southwest Air flight concludes
The Latest on a National Transportation Safety Board hearing and documents released on an investigation into a fatal engine failure on a Southwest flight (all times local):
An investigative hearing into a broken fan blade that led to a fatal engine failure on a Southwest flight has concluded.
The majority of the National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday was highly technical with testimony from representatives of the company that makes the blade and other industry officials.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expanding an emergency order for airlines to inspect fan blades in the engines of Boeing 737 jets for cracks that indicate wear and tear.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it will require blades on certain CFM engines be inspected before they hit 20,000 flights. Engines that have reached that milestone must be inspected by around late August.
The Latest: Southwest to speed up engine inspections
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on a plane making an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):
Southwest Airlines says it's speeding up inspections of engines like the one that failed and sent debris smashing into a plane window, leading to the death of a passenger.
Southwest said Tuesday it expects to finish inspections of the CFM56 engines over the next 30 days. It says it's making the move out of caution.
Safran executive: North Charleston expansion aimed at improving relationship with Boeing
French technology conglomerate Safran SA, one of Boeing Co.'s largest suppliers, was among the first to establish a foothold in the North Charleston-based aerospace cluster centered around production of the 787 Dreamliner.