Southwest CEO Says Feds Identify Two Key Items In Fatal Accident

L.P. Phillips
April 26, 2018 - 11:13 am
The engine on a Southwest Airlines plane is inspected as it sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says federal regulators have identified two key problems from last week's fatal accident. 

In an intrview with 1080 KRLD Business analyst David Johnson, Kelly says two things apparently went wrong last week. First, a titanium blade failed. Second, the engine covering didn't contain it.

"It is highly unusual for them (fan blades, made out of titanium) to have any metal fatigue whatsoever, and there's over 350 million hours on these types of engines worldwide" said Kelly. "It's one of those things that isn't supposed to happen."

"If a fan blade does fail, the engine consumes it and there should not by any damage to the engine cowl" said Kelly. 

.Kelly says they have been inspecting engine blades since 2016. He says the inspection process has been put on an accelerated program since last week's fatal accident.