United States airline regulators said that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
Southwest made the comments past year after US regulators proposed making the inspections mandatory.
The FAA said on Wednesday it would finalize the airworthiness directive it had proposed in August within two weeks.
The NTSB will compare this incident with a 2016 Southwest engine failure under similar circumstances.
On Tuesday, the engine on a Southwest flight exploded, hitting the plane with debris. "A passenger later told me he pulled the woman who had gone out the window in and the top part of her body was out of the window".
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday night that Riordan died of blunt-impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.
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The flight, traveling from New York City to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after disaster struck. Investigators said the plane landed at an unusually high speed because the pilots feared losing control if they flew slower.
Air disasters are not very common, but on Tuesday a U.S. woman died because of an in-flight emergency on a Southwest Airlines plane.
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Once they have all the pieces, a team will lay them all down on a hangar's floor and piece it back together, Sumwalt said.
The very idea that a passenger could be sucked out of an airplane mid-flight has rattled many travelers. "I feel for her two kids, her husband, the community that they lived in", an emotional Needum told reporters. "That lady, I applaud her".
Federal investigators are still trying to determine how the window came out of the plane. Others said he was selfish to focus on messaging instead of on the critically injured passenger a few rows away.
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As a result of the 2016 incident, engine manufacturer CFM International, a GE Aviation/Safran Aircraft Engines joint venture, had issued guidance as recently as June 2017 providing instructions for ultrasonic inspection of certain high-time fan blades in the engine type, which powers 737NGs.
It added that ultrasonic inspections would be conducted on fan blades on some CFM56-7B engines after they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings.
NTSB investigators look at a Southwest plane that suffered an engine blow-out that led to the death of a woman mid-air. "Although the number of fan blades requiring the inspection remains the same, the number of engines involved with this inspection has significantly increased", it said.
Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly commended the plane's crew for its quick action during a press conference on Tuesday.
Riordan was sitting on the left side of the plane when something in the engine apparently broke and smacked into the window. It won't be clear until the FAA issues its rule how many will need inspections. The incident marked the first passenger fatality on a USA carrier since 2009.
An initial investigation found evidence of metal fatigue where a fan blade had broken off, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). More than 8,000 CFM56-7B are in service on Boeing 737 aircraft, according to CFM.
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It is unclear whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.