>> Is you airplane physically on fire?>> No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing. They've said there's a hole and someone went out.>> Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults can be heard keeping her cool in audio release of her emergency call held Wednesday by passengers as a hero.
Her high skill set developed no doubt as one of the first female fighter pilots who's in the navy helped land that Southwest plane with a blown out engine, even as people panicked on board and the cabin became depressurized. Tuesday's incident killed on passenger, banking executive Jennifer Reardon after she was partly sucked out of a shattered window.
This was the first deadly US airline accident in nine years. Safety officials are now focusing on the engine and why it blew up mid-air.>> We are very concerned about this particular event, engine failures like this should not occur obviously. But I will say that CFM56 engine is a very widely used engine and it's not a great record, generally speaking.
>> Finding sight quote, metal fatigue for an engine fan blade breaking off. Parts of the shuttered engine found as far as 60 miles away from the emergency landing. Safety investigators are also looking at the airplane, a Boeing 737.>> I will say that if we find the need, if we feel that this is a deeper issue, we have the capability to issue urgent safety recommendations.
>> This is second time in two years Southwest has had to deal with a failure of this specific type of engine. Southwest Cruise now rushing to inspect up to 600 of the oldest such engines in use on their planes and airlines around the world are speeding up inspections, as well.