Re: FAA orders Boeing 737 engine checks

Date:         19 Jul 98 22:07:18 
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In article <airliners.1998.1079@ohare.Chicago.COM>, (Lee Spencer) wrote:
> Here's an article that should be of interest.
> FAA orders Boeing 737 engine checks

  deleted article about engine checks dated July 6, 1998 (note the date)
where Southwest said they could check all their affected jets overnight with
no impact to their schedule.  Here's an incident report from the NTSB

NTSB Identification: MIA98IA193

                  Scheduled 14 CFR 121 operation of SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COMPANY
                           Incident occurred JUL-07-98 at BIRMINGHAM, AL
                             Aircraft: Boeing 737-7H4, registration: N701GS
                                       Injuries: 96 Uninjured.

 This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.
Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been

On July 7, 1998, about 0640 central daylight time, a Boeing 737-7H4, N701GS,
registered to and operated by Southwest Airlines Company as flight 1565, a
Title 14 CFR Part 121 scheduled domestic passenger flight from Tampa,
Florida, to Birmingham, Alabama, had a failure of the number 2 engine during
descent for landing at Birmingham. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed
at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The
aircraft received minor damage. The airline transport-rated pilot, first
officer, 3 flight attendants, and 91 passengers were not injured. The flight
originated from Tampa, Florida, the same day, about 0549. The pilot reported
to the operator that about 40 miles from Birmingham, while in descent for
landing, the number 2 engine failed. Flight attendants reported to him that
flame was visible coming from the number 2 engine exhaust and extending aft
toward the tail of the aircraft. He did not receive a fire warning and did
not activate the fire extinguishing system. He shut down the number 2 engine
and made an uneventful landing at Birmingham. After landing, he stopped on
the taxiway and shutdown the remaining engine. After fire department
personnel on the ground examined the aircraft for fire and deemed it safe,
the aircraft was towed to the gate where the passengers were deplaned via the
jetway. Post crash examination of the engine by an FAA inspector showed the
tailpipe of the number 2 engine contained metal debris. The aircraft
structure had no fire damage.

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