17 April 2018 - News On 6/KOTV

NTSB News Conference`

News conference with the NTSB team being sent to Philadelphia to investigate the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 today.

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already hi I'm Robert some Walt and I'm the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the NTSB is launching a go team to Philadelphia to begin our investigation of this event involving a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this morning here's the information that we have at this time at about 11:15 this morning Southwest flight 1380 as a Boeing 737-700 was enroute from LaGuardia to Dallas loved when it suffered an apparent engine failure in flight engine failure of the left engine and subsequently diverted into Philadelphia the registration number of the aircraft is November 7 7 - Sierra whiskey 7 7 - SW we know that there are 144 passengers and 5 crew members aboard I'd certainly we do know that there have been injuries and we would like to offer our condolences to all of those who've been affected by this by this event the NTSB s go team will be sending specialists with expertise in power plants air or air worthiness survival factors and operations we're also sending specialists from the NTS b--'s office of transportation disaster assistance who will be there to help with the needs of

those who've been affected by this event it's our understanding that the recorders have been secured and they should be flying back on the same airplane that we're going up on they should be back in Washington tonight we expect a preliminary readout of those recorders in the NTS b--'s lab in Washington this evening we expect to arrive in Philadelphia around 4:30 this afternoon and we will begin our immediate investigation examination of the of the engine and the damage to the to the fuselage the engine will be ultimately shipped off-site where we can do a detailed examination teardown of the engine we expect to release factual information from Philadelphia once we get up there we're just now beginning our journey this will be a an extensive investigation and we do expect to release information once we're in Philadelphia we certainly don't have a lot of factual information to report at this time follow us for the latest information for our latest media interviews you can follow us from Twitter on our handle is at NTSB underscore newsroom or our website WWNT SP gov as you know we do need to get on

the airplane and head up to Philadelphia so we can get on with this investigation but I'll be glad to take a few questions if you would just raise your hands and I'll call on you and state your name and your outlet and you had your hand raised first focused 2016 incident another Southwest flight and can you describe some of those that were in this well the two-part question can is this related to or we concern this might be related to the event over the Gulf of Mexico and you know we first of all first and foremost we want to look at this particular event and see what the factors are surrounding this and maybe they're related to the to that previous event and maybe they're not but we need to understand what's going on here as far as the injuries we do have information there was one one fatality any other questions right here well so the term you said an uncontained engine fire some people are saying an uncontained engine failure that's we don't think there was a fire at all now the term has been widely used this morning and this afternoon uncontained an uncontained engine failure now I

don't want to sound bureaucratic but that uncontained engine failure connotates connotates a very specific thing the engine is designed not to have an uncontained engine failure there are protection rings around the engine to keep shrapnel from coming out even though we believe that there were parts coming out of this engine it may not have been in that that section of the engine that technically would qualify this is an uncontained engine failure so at this point at this point the NTSB is classifying this we are saying this is an engine failure once we get there and look at it we may say well in fact this is an uncontained engine failure we do know that parts came off the engine but those parts may not have been in that section of the engine that is associated with the protection region associated with an uncontained engine failure there's a question here Steve tremble with flake oh okay stay with the status of the investigation on flight 34 72 is in any pending recommendation about fan containment the this what is the status of the previous Southwest Airlines uncontained engine failure or

engine failure I should say that was classified as an uncontained engine failure I don't have that information right now our focus right now is getting out the door it headquarters and getting on this airplane so that we can get up up to Philadelphia yes sir as a former Boeing 737 pilot a buyer and I flew the 737 for 410 years have I ever experienced a situation like this and and the answer to that is no I'll take two more questions there's a question right here I understand any of you can't classify this how unusual is an uncontained engine failure versus how unusual is a mid-air yeah generic engine great question so even if this is not an uncontained engine failure how frequent does the NTSB see what we technically do qualify is an uncontained engine failure and the answer to that is about three or four a year and not all of those involve US carriers in late fall there was a an a380 that had an uncontained engine failure over Greenland that was not a US carrier so we see about three or four of those a year there's one one last question I'll take it right here there was a proposed air worthiness directive

involving this bottle of things what can you tell us about that so so what can I tell you about a proposed air worthiness directive on this engine now the engine is a CFS cfm56 engine which is a very widely used engine in commercial transport and the cfm56 there are various iterations of that and so I can't say exactly what that air worthiness directive might have applied to at this point well that will be part of our investigation again we're just now getting together and heading up to Philadelphia so those types of things we can go back and look at down the road our focus now is to get up to Philadelphia so that we can collect the the perishable information the information that goes away with the passenger time so my commitment to you is that while I'm on scene we will be releasing information as we know it if we have something tonight we will have a media briefing if we don't we won't have it but we do plan to release information as we hear it I want to thank you all very much for being here we are going to get on the airplane now and head up to Philadelphia thank you very much

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