When you board a plane in New York or another part of the nation, you probably feel confident that the aircraft has undergone careful checks for safety, and that there are not defective aircraft components that could potentially threaten your life. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case, as evidenced by a string of dangerous incidents involving jet engine failures that released debris into the plane or air. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we work to hold airlines accountable when defective aircraft components threaten lives, and we have helped many clients hurt in related incidents pursue appropriate recourse.
Per Bloomberg, the latest in a series of related events involving engine failures that allow debris to escape grounded a plane bound for Orlando, Florida, after the engine of the aircraft failed at more than 18,000 feet. This was the fourth reported incident of its kind since August of 2016, with one well-documented incident involving a woman who was partially sucked out of a plane window after an engine failure caused the window to break.
In other recent incidents stemming from similar circumstances, one plane made an emergency landing after an engine failure caused debris to break off and strike the aircraft's fuselage, wing and tail. In another, the right side of a plane's engine exploded, shooting shrapnel into the air and ultimately causing a fire on one plane wing.
Plane engines, by design, have hard exteriors, which seek to protect passengers and other parts of the aircraft in the event that the engine itself explodes. When the engines have defects, however, debris can come out and come into contact with fuel tanks and other parts of the plane that can threaten everyone aboard. You can find more about defective aircraft components on our webpage.