Fleetwide inspection mandates that stem from accidents are never a welcome development, but their results can be reassuring. This appears to be the case with the checks mandated by global regulators following the April 17 engine failure onboard a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 that resulted in one passenger fatality. Regulators, working from engine manufacturer CFM International’s recommendations, ordered fleet-wide inspections of CFM56-7 fan blades on April 20. Deadlines vary ...


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