今週、火曜日午前 Southwest航空の1380便がDallasからのNew Yorkへの飛行中、離陸後20分頃、 Pennsylvania上空でNo 1（左エンジン）が爆発、破片で機体の窓ガラスをこわし、乗客1人が高度33000フィートの空中に吸い出されると言う事故がおきました。乗客は放り出される事なく機内に助け戻されましたが、後に死亡しました。
The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.
The explosion sent shrapnel ripping into the fuselage of the Boeing 737-700 plane and shattered a window.
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Jennifer Riordan, 43, a bank executive, was killed when she was partially pulled through a gaping hole next to her seat in row 14 as the cabin suffered rapid decompression. Fellow passengers were able to pull her back inside but she died of her injuries later on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt told a news conference the incident began when one of the engine’s 24 fan blades snapped off from its hub. Sumwalt said investigators found the blade had suffered metal fatigue at the site of the break.
Sumwalt said he could not yet say if the incident, the first deadly airline accident in the US since 2009, pointed to a fleet-wide issue in the Boeing 737-700.