Boeing told to redesign engine covers on 737 planes after fatal incident

After a broken fan blade caused the left engine to explode and pierce the jet’s skin on a Southwest flight last April, the NTSB urged all 6,800 Boeing 737 planes in service to redesign the covers.
2:11 | 11/20/19

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Transcript for Boeing told to redesign engine covers on 737 planes after fatal incident
We turn to new trouble for Boeing affecting thousands of planes in service right now. Safety regulators are recommending a redesign of the engine cover after that horrifying deadly incident on a southwest flight last year. David Kerley is at Reagan national airport with the latest. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, Cecilia this. Is a broad, wide-ranging recommendation affecting nearly 7,000 next generation 737s all a result of that accident you may remember which resulted in the first aviation death in the U.S. In nearly a decade. Oh, my god. We are almost there. Reporter: A few horrifying seconds an engine failure, the fuselage breached. A passenger partially sucked out of a window on southwest flight 1380 last year in April. Southwest 13 0 has an engine fire descending. Reporter: It was engine debris that shattered this window where Jennifer Riordan was sitting at 30,000 feet. The bottom part of her rib cage was out the window. They said there is a hole and someone went out. I'm sorry. You said there was a hole and somebody went out? Reporter: The mother later dying. Tammie Jo Shults was the captain of the 737 and passengers praising her quick thinking. It was rather radical and it yawed then began its own descent. Reporter: When engine blades break they're supposed to be contained and ejected out the rear of the engine. In this case the engine cover broke away and pieces pierced the jet's skin. They're sounding the alarm urging Boeing to redesign the covers for all 6,800 Boeing 737 next gens in service around the world. We recommended that engine and aircraft manufacturers develop more robust designs. Reporter: Now, Boeing says it already has a fix that will satisfy the NTSB recommendations of the it's a couple of months away and will need FAA approval and Boeing says it shouldn't affect holiday travel because there are more inspections of these fan blades that were breaking in two incidents with the 737. They say that reduces the risk of a repeat of the southwest accident. Michael. All right, we sure hope it thank you so much, David.

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