How a cracked fan blade (probably) ended a decade of no US air travel fatalities

Enlarge / Southwest's Boeing 737-700, tail number N772SW, was the aircraft for Southwest flight 1380. A failure in its left turbofan engine caused the death of one passenger and multiple other injuries. (credit: Aeroprints)

At 10:43am on April 17, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport bound for Love Field in Dallas with five crew and 143 passengers aboard. But just over 20 minutes into the flight, at an altitude of about 30,000 feet somewhere above

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