Southwest Airlines has cancelled around 40 flights due to engine inspections. The US-based airline is taking extra safety precautions following the tragic accident last week in which one its passengers lost their life.
After the accident in Pennsylvania, the airline has grounded 40 flights – 1% of its scheduled services – for engine inspections. The CFM56-7B will be inspected by the airline’s engineers.
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a directive requiring airlines to inspect engines after such an accident, although it has been reported that Southwest are inspecting the engines of its own accord.
The accident marks the first fatality in an US passenger accident since 2009.