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Airlines inspecting Boeing planes after Southwest engine ripped apart mid-air

Airlines inspecting Boeing planes after Southwest engine ripped apart mid-airAirlines are inspecting Boeing 737 planes after an engine on a passenger  flight ripped apart mid-air and killed a woman who came close to being  sucked through a broken window. Jennifer Riordan, 43, was on a Southwest Airline flight from New York to  Dallas when a part of the engine shattered into the window and nearly  pulled her out.  Mrs Riordan, a banking executive, was hauled back into the aircraft by  other passengers who attempted to resuscitate her but she later died of her  injuries.  Jennifer Riordan was partially pulled out of the jet's window Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board  (NTSB) said an initial inspection of the failed engine found evidence of  metal fatigue where a fan blade had broken off.  Mr Sumwalt said investigators were "very concerned" about the issue of  detecting slow-developing metal fatigue.  "There needs to be proper inspection mechanisms in place to check for this  before there's a catastrophic event."  Jet engine scrutinised All recent Boeing 737s are powered by engines from CFM, one of the world's  largest engine suppliers for commercial planes.  In 2016, another Southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing  after a fan blade separated from the same type of engine, and debris ripped  a foot-long hole above the left wing. Metal fatigue was cited in that  incident too.  CFM said on Wednesday that there are more than 8,000 of its CFM56-7B  engine - the model involved in Tuesday's incident - in operation on Boeing  737 passenger jets.  Southwest, which operates one of the world's largest 737 fleets and has a  strong safety record, said it was speeding up inspections of all related  engines, which it expected to complete within 30 days.  This month European regulators ordered engine checks following a lengthy  analysis of the 2016 Southwest incident but investigators said it is too  early to say whether the two problems ar

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Israel marks 70 years as a nation as new and old challenges lurk

Israel marks 70 years as a nation as new and old challenges lurkIsrael celebrated 70 years since the country's foundation on Wednesday, lauding its improbable economic success and military prowess, but facing a range of political and security challenges. The anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel by founding father David Ben-Gurion began at sundown on Wednesday under the Hebrew calendar, but falls on May 14 according to the Western calendar. At the traditional Jerusalem torch-lighting ceremony kicking off what Israelis call Independence Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed what he called "real seeds of peace" he said were beginning to sprout among some of Israel's Arab neighbours.


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