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Deadly plane failure raises questions about safety of widely used engine

April 19, 2018 GMT

Jason Laughlin, Tom Avril, and Erin McCarthy, By Staff

A commercial airplane’s engine failure over Pennsylvania on Tuesday bears similarities to problems on another plane less than two years ago, but federal investigators declined to say there was cause to worry about a class of engine shared by both aircraft and used by hundreds of airlines around the world.

“We are very concerned about this particular event,” said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. “Engine failures like this should not occur, obviously. To be able to extrapolate that to the entire 737 fleet … if we feel this is a deeper issue, we have the ability to issue an urgent safety recommendation.”

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