Call for Boeing engine cover redesign after woman sucked from plane

Boeing should redesign engine covers on all its 737NG aircraft following an accident that killed a mother-of-two, investigators have said.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) looked at the April 2018 incident, which saw an engine fan blade break and its debris pierce the engine cover before hitting the fuselage near a window.

The window shattered, leading to rapid depressurisation and Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old banker and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, being partially sucked out of the plane.

Other passengers managed to pull her back inside but efforts to save her life were unsuccessful.

Jennifer Riordan. Pic: Facebook
Image:Jennifer Riordan pictured with her husband. Pic: Facebook

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had been travelling from New York City’s LaGuardia to Dallas when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia with 144 passengers and five crew on board.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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