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Southwest incident fallout: Indian DGCA in touch with US to see what needs to be done here

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NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Thursday said it is in touch with its US counterpart, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to see what needs to be done in India following the recent incident on Southwest Boeing 737. While flying from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Dallas on Tuesday, one CFM56-7B engine of the Southwest plane broke mid-air and its fan blade shaterred a window, leading to a passenger’s death. The flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

FAA Thursday tweeted, “The FAA will issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines. The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced.”

Following this, DGCA chief, BS Bhullar told TOI, “We are in touch with FAA. We will get inputs from them and see what is required on our end.”

Indian carriers said they are awaiting instructions from DGCA to see what steps, if any, need to be taken for their fleets.

“The FAA directive following the Southwest incident will have an impact on airlines international of carrying out checks for engines. Let us see what DGCA says,” said a senior official of an Indian carrier.

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