Hundreds of Southwest flights canceled, delayed by emergency inspections

A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (David Maialetti /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 100 flights Monday morning so the airline can take a closer look at the type of engine that exploded on a flight last week, shattering a window and killing a woman sitting in the adjacent seat.

More than 700 Southwest flights are also delayed by the inspections - and more travel problems are expected throughout the week as well.

The delays come after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order for all airlines to inspect that particular engine model.

The FAA is requiring all airlines to inspect fan blades on Boeing 737 long-service engines within the next 20 days.

Meanwhile, a memorial service was held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday for the woman killed aboard the ill-fated Southwest Airlines jetliner.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, was a well-known community leader, mother, wife and Wells Fargo banking executive.

She was headed back home to New Mexico when the Southwest Airlines jet engine failed in midair and its debris blew up a window.

A coroner said Riordan died from blunt impact trauma to the head, neck and torso.

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