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What you need to know about the Southwest Airlines engine failure

What you need to know about the Southwest Airlines engine failure

Engine failure at 30,000 feet forced the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines jet on Tuesday, leading to the death of one passenger and injuries to seven others. The fatality was the first aboard a U.S. flight since 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a Southwest hub — the airline is responsible for about 70 percent of the flights to and from the airport — and all its planes are 737s, most with the same kind of engine that failed.

If you’re flying Southwest, here’s what you need to know:

1. What happened? (And what’s “metal fatigue”?)

The engine failed...

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