FAA To Order Inspection, NTSB Gives Update On Southwest Airline Engine Failure

Justin Udo
April 18, 2018 - 10:49 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The National Transportation Safety Board released more information Wednesday on why the engine failed on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that left one person dead and several others injured.

Officials say they is piecing together what went wrong with the engine on the 737 plane, that was en route from New York to Dallas.

"Both RPM indicators on the left engine went down to zero, oil pressure went down to zero, and the engine vibration it increased significantly on the left engine," said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt.

During a press conference at Philadelphia International Airport, Sumwalt says that after the engine came apart, the plane became difficult to handle.

Sumwalt says the plane began to descend, and banked sharply, as it prepared to make the emergency landing at PHL airport.

"The aircraft began a rapid uncommanded left roll of about 41 degrees of bank angle," he said. "The cabinet altitude warning horn activated and from my experience flying the 737, I can tell you that that warning activates around 13,500-14,000 feet."

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Sumwalt explained how the pilots were able to gain control of the plane and keep and keep a terrible situation from becoming worse.

"The pilots leveled the wings, and throughout the rest of the flight there was, what I'm going to describe, as a fair amount of vibration throughout the airplane," he said.

Sumwalt says over the next few days representitves from different agencies and unions will get together listen to the cockpit voice recorder and put a transscript together.

Other planes and engines of the same make and model are being inspected to see if they have an engine problem.