The type of engine that exploded on a Southwest Airlines plane this week will be subject to more stringent tests within two weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
proposing more testing, after a Southwest flight in 2016 experienced engine failure similar to the incident on Tuesday.
The federal government will require ultrasonic testing of engine fan blades, when they’ve been flown a certain number of times, the FAA said. The National Transportation Safety Board said a fan blade was missing from the engine involved in Tuesday’s incident.
“Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced,” it said in a statement.