By Andy Pasztor WSJ Robert Wall WSJ Fri., April 12, 2019 Southwest Airlines Co. has conducted inspections on about a dozen engines on its grounded Boeing Co. 737 MAX jets in an attempt to determine whether there is a component problem or manufacturing flaw. Any indication of a systemic engine issue could turn into another headache for Southwest or other operators of the beleaguered jetliner. The inspections were recommended by the engine’s manufacturer, according to Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King. They came after a Southwest MAX developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando, Fla., on March 26. The plane, which wasn’t carrying passengers, had just taken off and was en route to an aircraft-storage area in Southern California. The carrier’s maintenance team has completed recommended inspections of MAX’s LEAP-1B engines and submitted the results to their manufacturer, CFM International, Ms. King said. CFM is a joint venture of General Electric Co. and France’s Safran SA. Ms. King referred technical questions to CFM. CFM said the cause of the Orlando engine malfunction remains under investigation and declined to say what the inspection results submitted by Southwest showed. Southwest also declined to comment on the inspections. Article… Read full this story
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