April 20, 2018 / 9:27 PM / 3 months ago

European agency orders expanded Boeing 737 engine checks after accidents

PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) - The European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency checks on some Boeing 737 jet engines, followed by regular inspections, in response to two Southwest Airlines engine blowouts including a deadly accident earlier this week.

The order expands a previous European directive, issued in response to the 2016 incident, and was issued in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, making mandatory a fresh recommendation from engine maker CFM International.

CFM is jointly owned by General Electric and France's Safran. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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