Emergency checks on planes in USA and Europe after Southwest accident

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The Federal Aviation Administration ordered emergency inspections at the weekend of jet engines like the one that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight, leaving a passenger dead.

The coordinated 20-day measure partially resolves a gap in previous responses to the 2016 accident by the world's two largest and most influential aviation regulators, a person familiar with the discussions said and published documents show. The airline incident marked the first fatal aircraft accident in the United States since 2009. That affects about 681 engines worldwide, of which 150 have already been inspected, CFM said.

The FAA directive comes as a result of a service bulletin issued earlier Friday by the engine's manufacturer as well as information gathered from the investigation of Southwest Flight 1380.

The agencies have given just 20 days for nearly 700 CFM56-7B engines, made by CFM International, to be examined.

The airline voluntarily announced inspections of engines in the CFM56 family - which powers almost all of Southwest's fleet - on Tuesday, after a passenger died when she was partially sucked out of an aircraft window that had been shattered in by the engine blast.

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The Boeing 737 aircraft that Jennifer Riordan was a passenger on had a fault in one of its CFM56-7B engines, and ultrasonic tests on fan blades that have performed 30,000 or more total accumulated flight cycles will be carried out.

EASA's AD adopts the SB, while the FAA directive only mandates one-time inspections on the highest-time blades.

The CFM56-7B engine was manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co. One of the sources who has adequate knowledge of the situation has said that the airline is inspecting a fleet of between 400 and 600 similar engines.

A Southwest Airlines official confirmed to ABC News that the letters were sent by the airline, but would not comment on the monetary compensation.

CFM had initially recommended the inspections. CFM recommends inspections "by the end of August" for fan blades with 20,000 cycles, and inspections of all other fan blades when they reach 20,000 cycles.

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