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Southwest Airlines Cancels Dozens Of Flights For Engine Inspections

April 23, 2018 - 12:34 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio/AP) -- Following an engine failure on a Southwest Airlines plane that left a woman dead, the company announces the cancelation of 40 flights due to inspection. 

Southwest Airlines released a statment that the company was cancelling 40 flights so far, because of their newly implemented inspection program.

"On Sunday, we only canceled about 40 flights due to fan blade inspections out of a planned schedule of almost 4,000 flights," Southwest Airlines said

The airline says these inspections are not a response to the FAA's order Friday, but the "result of our voluntary, accelerated engine fan blade inspection program announced on Tuesday night."

The check comes after Tuesday's emergency aboard Flight 1380 was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, which killed Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico.

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The cause of the engine failure is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The NTSB believes one of the engine fan blades snapped on the Southwest jet Tuesday, hurling debris that broke a window and led to the death of a passenger who was sucked partway out of the 737.

Airline officials say Sunday's "cancellations are minimal" and are impacting only about one percent of their scheduled flights.

Southwest is also asking customers to check the company's website to find about any and all flight changes.

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