Tragic Engine Failure on Southwest Airlines Flight

Tragedy struck Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on Tuesday when an engine failure prompted an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. The Boeing 737 was about 40 minutes into a scheduled flight to Dallas when a sudden jolt startled passengers and crew.

“Everybody was going crazy,” passenger Marty Martinez told CNN. “I heard a loud boom, and about five seconds later, all the oxygen masks deployed.”

tweet showing investigators looking at damaged jet engine

Official tweet from the NTSB Newsroom

Shortly after the explosion, as passengers scrambled to secure oxygen and seat belts, a piece of debris thrown from the engine smashed a cabin window. A woman was partially sucked out as the aircraft depressurized, and nearby passengers rushed to pull her back into the plane.

After securing the injured woman in her seat, a nurse aboard the flight performed CPR while frightened passengers tried to plug the broken window with blankets and clothes. The harrowing ordeal left many on board badly shaken, and passengers reported the uncertainty of whether they would land safely.

“The next 20-25 minutes telling my wife and parents I loved them and what I wanted them to pass on to my unborn son,” said passenger Matt Tranchin speaking with 3AW radio Melbourne. “You don’t want to pass up the opportunity to say goodbye.”

Passengers have praised pilot Tammie Jo Shults, a former F/A-18 pilot in the U.S. Navy, for her poise in getting the aircraft safely on the ground. Her exchanges with air traffic control show exceptional composure despite the chaos unfolding on board her aircraft. “We have part of the plane missing. So we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Shults told air traffic controllers as the crippled plane rerouted to Philly. “They said there is a hole and someone went out.”

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Laser Peening Applications for the Maritime Industry

Laser Shock Peening (LSP) has protected high-value aerospace parts for more than twenty years. Now, the shipbuilding industry looks to laser peening to reduce maintenance on critical naval vessels.

LSP Technologies has partnered with Hepburn and Sons, LLC, a naval engineering consultancy headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. Together, LSPT and Hepburn and Sons are working with shipbuilders to develop laser peening applications for vessel construction and maintenance. Of particular interest is laser peening’s powerful impact on sensitization resistance and the ability to form compound curvatures.

LSP Technologies hosted an event in February highlighting successes from a recent development project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). The event brought in attendees from various U.S. shipbuilders, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Navy.

On the heels of a successful research program and showcase event, LSPT released a video outlining the maritime benefits of laser peening, and the ultimate goal of getting laser shock peening equipment into U.S. shipyards. You can watch the video below, or click here to view it on YouTube.

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Production Laser Peening Extends Component Life Up To 20X

LSP Technologies Sales Director Doug Eberhart seated at his deskLSP Technologies is featured in the March 2018 issue of Metal Finishing News (MFN). The magazine interviewed LSPT Sales Director Doug Eberhart, getting his inside perspective on production laser peening for metal component enhancement. The article is reproduced below. You can read the original version here.

Doug Eberhart, Director of Sales at LSP Technologies has spent over 30 years directing B2B sales efforts around the world. With specialized experience delivering sophisticated instrumentation and software products, Mr. Eberhart has been engaged with the high-tech industrial and manufacturing sectors throughout his distinguished career. He joined LSP Technologies in 2016.

Thank you for this opportunity, Mr. Eberhart. Can you give us some background about yourself and your professional career?

I’ve been in sales all my life. My early career was focused on the Asia Pacific manufacturing sector, where I directed sales teams across the region. I’ve spent many years selling high-tech instrumentation and monitoring solutions, serving a range of industries from power generation to water treatment. Continue reading