Southwest reviews 12 engines on its Boeing 737 Max planes

NTSB report focuses on 737 Max failures
The Federal Aviation Administration is not ensuring Boeing is thoroughly evaluating how airline pilots will react when flight control systems fail on the planes they fly, the National Transportation Safety Board says.

Southwest Airlines said Saturday it has completed manufacturer-recommended reviews of 12 engines on its Boeing 737 Max planes.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said results of the reviews were handed over to the manufacturer, CFM, and did not say whether the engines were found to be safe or unsafe.

A statement from CFM spokeswoman Jamie Jewell did not provide any information on what the inspections showed.

“We cannot speak to the Southwest fleet or other airlines, for that matter,” Jewell wrote.

A Southwest-operated 737 Max experienced an engine problem in late March while being ferried from Florida to California for storage. The pilots turned around for an emergency landing after reporting “a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff,” Southwest said at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the planes pulled from service last month after two fatal crashes related to a stabilization system and faulty sensor readings.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the engine inspections.