Family, friends and community leaders are mourning the death of Riordan, a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine as she was flying home from a business trip to New York.
He grabbed her with his right arm and tried to pull her back into the window, but the force from outside the plane was too strong.
It wasn't until after Tuesday's accident that the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will soon make the inspections mandatory.
It's a demo you've heard many times, but how prepared are you if there's an emergency like the one on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on Tuesday.
"We have been dealing with metal fatigue since the Copper Age", Katzman said. However, the mere fact that someone was killed undercuts an argument that proponents of the 1,500-hour rule have long used to justify its existence. Attorneys agree the airline would likely move to avoid litigation over the event that has grabbed international headlines.
The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months, saying it needed more time to conduct the work.
In the two minutes after the explosion, Southwest 1380 plunged about 8,000 feet, to about 24,600. The leading edge of the left wing was damaged by shrapnel from the engine explosion.
Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that Jennifer Riordan's death was ruled accidental.
A second piece of a plane that made an emergency landing after a fatal engine mishap has been found in a Pennsylvania town about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of the Philadelphia International Airport. "We suspect there are going to be claims by passengers against the airline and engine manufacturer".
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also blamed metal fatigue for the engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 3472 on August 27, 2016 that was able to land safely in Florida.
Southwest had previously balked at the engine manufacturer's recommendation for quicker inspections of the fan blades, The Associated Press reported.
"I didn't feel any sort of sincerity in the email whatsoever, and the $6,000 total that they gave to each passenger I don't think comes even remotely close to the price that many of us will have to pay for a lifetime", he said Friday as he prepared to board a Southwest flight from New York.
It is not clear how many planes will be affected. "If manufactured after Feb. 2, 1985, the seat must be certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft".
Other airlines commenting on last year's FAA proposal projected higher costs in time and money than regulators initially expected, because they did not closely track the fan blade. United Airlines executives said Wednesday that they had begun inspecting some of their planes. The company has 304 737 airplanes with those engines.
He also strongly believes that alcohol should be banned in order to keep passengers safe and stop their judgement being clouded.
"It's not a big mask", Ms. Schor, who retired from American Airlines in 2006, said in an interview, but "it is supposed to be around your nose and mouth". He was one of at least three passengers who said they received the letter. (NYSE:LUV) as shares gapped -0.30% ahead of the bell with the stock currently sitting at $54.69.