The Associated Press Updated 2:35 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018 Now Playing: Marty Martinez was heading home to Dallas on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 when he heard what he described as two explosions and the oxygen masks dropped. That's when he paid for Internet access, pulled up Facebook and began recording. (April 18) Media: Associated Press The Latest on the plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local): 5:18 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections of more jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines plane. The agency says its order affects 352 engines in the U.S. and another 681 worldwide on "new generation" Boeing 737 jets. Each aircraft has two engines. The requirement from the agency comes after the engine maker, CFM International, issued a service bulletin recommending that more engines be inspected. At issue are the engine fan blades on Boeing … [Read more...] about The Latest: FAA orders inspections of more jet engines
David Koenig and Claudia Lauer, Associated Press Updated 9:57 pm, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Now Playing: Marty Martinez was heading home to Dallas on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 when he heard what he described as two explosions and the oxygen masks dropped. That's when he paid for Internet access, pulled up Facebook and began recording. (April 18) Media: Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window. The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work. Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and … [Read more...] about FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for an investigation after Sunday's "60 Minutes" report raised questions about the FAA's oversight of budget carrier Allegiant Air. "60 Minutes" found between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of Oct. 2017, more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures and flight control malfunctions Last July, Flight 533 experienced an engine issue on takeoff-caught on this video. The "60 Minutes" report questioned the FAA's 2015 adoption of its "compliance philosophy," which aims to work with airlines to foster improved compliance and reporting of issues. The FAA disputes the report and say it heightened its oversight of Allegiant that year. But as "60 Minutes" reported, when a near crash happened due to a missing component in 2015, the FAA investigator recommended strong enforcement and maximum fines. Instead, the agency closed the case and ignored the recommendations Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, saw the "60 … [Read more...] about New questions for Allegiant Air, FAA after “60 Minutes” investigation
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, is calling on the Department of Transportation's (DOT) inspector general to investigate the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) enforcement actions and correspondence with Allegiant Air following a "60 Minutes" investigation that found more than 100 serious incidents involving mechanical issues. "The traveling public deserves to know whether the FAA is conducting thorough safety oversight of Allegiant," Nelson said in a statement Monday. "Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences." This story is developing check back for updates. … [Read more...] about Lawmaker calls for investigation into FAA after “60 Minutes” report on Allegiant Air
Two airline pilots spotted a mysterious, reflective object hovering some 40,000 feet (12,000 meters) over southern Arizona last month, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is stumped. According to radio transmissions between the befuddled pilots and air traffic controllers (which you can listen to in full, thanks to an FAA recording recently released to the Phoenix New Times), the sighting occurred around 3:30 p.m. local time on Feb. 24, somewhere over the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix. "Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?" the first pilot asked while flying a Learjet west toward California. [7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs] "Negative," an air traffic controller at the FAA's Albuquerque Air Traffic Center in New Mexico answered. "OK," the pilot responded. "Something did." The object, whatever it was, was flying high — at least a few thousand feet above the jet, which was cruising at an altitude of around 37,000 feet (11,000 m), the New Times … [Read more...] about 2 Pilots in Different Planes Saw the Same UFO. The FAA Can’t Explain It.