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Safety board wants Boeing to redesign part after fatal 737 NG accident

Reuters logo Reuters 11/19/2019 David Shepardson

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called on Boeing to redesign the fan cowl structure on all 737 NG planes and retrofit existing planes after an April 2018 incident in which a woman was killed on Southwest Airlines plane after an engine failure caused by a fan blade.

The board said the Federal Aviation Administration should require Boeing to determine the fan blade impact location or locations on the engine fan case and redesign the structure. The board did not fault Boeing's analysis in the mid-1990s when it developed the case. Boeing did not immediately comment.

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