Following the Southwest Airlines tragedy, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed that it will issue an Airworthiness Directive (AD) within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines. “The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced,” the FAA confirmed in a statement. In Europe, the European Court of Justice has ruled that European airlines must pay compensation to passengers that experienced delays or cancellations due to unplanned airline employee strikes. The

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