Recently, quite a scare arose during a commercial airline flight here in the United States. That scare was an engine failure.
The failure occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight on Aug. 27 as the plane was on its way from New Orleans to Orlando. Federal authorities are describing the engine failure as an uncontained engine failure. This is an engine failure in which debris leaves the engine casing and goes out into the open. In response to the engine failure, the flight was redirected to Pensacola, where it landed safely.
Thankfully, this scary incident appears to have resulted in no injuries, despite the aircraft having over 100 people aboard it.
Federal authorities are investigating the incident. One wonders what they will ultimately identify as the cause of the engine failure.
Uncontained engine failures certainly do not always end up being injury-free. Engine failures can result in airplane crashes or other incredibly serious incidents which could severely injure or kill crew members and passengers. One way they can is through depriving a plane of its usual thrust while in the air. Uncontained engine failures add an additional risk to picture. This is the risk of debris that has come loose hitting and damaging other parts of the plane.
So, it is vital for airplane engine manufacturers to keep their engines free of defects that could give rise to uncontained engine failures. It is also critical for commercial airlines to act appropriately regarding the maintenance and repair of their planes’ engines.
When an airplane passenger is harmed by an incident resulting from an engine failure, such as an uncontained engine failure, they may want to have a skilled plane accident attorney look into what parties may have been responsible for the failure and may be liable for the harm it caused.
Source: Bloomberg, “Southwest Air Jet Diverted After Damage From Engine Failure,” Kiel Porter, Aug. 27, 2016