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New York - NTSB Finds Southwest Plane Landed Wrong At LaGuardia Airport

Published on: July 25, 2013 06:58 PM
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NTSB agents investigate an accident involving nose-gear collapse of a southwest airlines plane, Monday, July 22, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/NTSB)NTSB agents investigate an accident involving nose-gear collapse of a southwest airlines plane, Monday, July 22, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/NTSB)

New York - Federal investigators say it appears the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport hit the ground before the main landing gear.

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The finding was released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday.

Sixteen passengers suffered minor injuries during Flight 345’s landing Monday. The plane was coming from Nashville, Tenn.

The NTSB had said Wednesday that the landing gear “collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging the electronics bay that houses avionics.”

It posted a photo showing the jet’s electronics bay penetrated by the landing gear with only the right axle still attached.

Investigators recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Tuesday. They’ll be analyzed by the NTSB.


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 Jul 25, 2013 at 07:38 PM Anonymous Says:

It seems that the quality of pilots now is at an ALL TIME LOW!

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 Jul 25, 2013 at 07:42 PM Ex-Pilot Says:

In the past, Southwest has fired incompetent pilots, including the pilot who crashed through a gate a Midway Airport, in Dec., 2005, injuring several motorists in their cars, and killing a six year old boy. If this investigation finds that the pilot(s) erred in initially landing on the front wheel, instead of the rear wheels first, they will be fired. The most elementary lesson in landing any plane, is that one lands on the rear wheels first, with the nose up, and then the nose is lowered, in order to land on the front wheel.

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 Jul 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM Also an ex-pilot Says:

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Ex-Pilot Says:

In the past, Southwest has fired incompetent pilots, including the pilot who crashed through a gate a Midway Airport, in Dec., 2005, injuring several motorists in their cars, and killing a six year old boy. If this investigation finds that the pilot(s) erred in initially landing on the front wheel, instead of the rear wheels first, they will be fired. The most elementary lesson in landing any plane, is that one lands on the rear wheels first, with the nose up, and then the nose is lowered, in order to land on the front wheel.

The pilots of SW 1248 that crashed at Midway were not fired; the pilots of SW 1455 that crashed at Burbank in 2000 were fired. It would help if you got your facts straight, Mr. "Ex-Pilot," before lecturing others.

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 Jul 26, 2013 at 07:38 AM Ex-Pilot responds Says:

To #3- Thank you for your correction, regarding which specific flight, the management of Southwest Airlines opted to fire some incompetent pilots. However, in your response, you did not refute my original statement that the most elementary lesson in landing any plane, is that one lands on the REAR wheels first, with the nose up. #1 is 100% correct, as the quality of the pilots of late, has deteriorated. In the old days, pilots such as Capt. Sully Sullenberger, with many years of experience were the norm, rather than the exception. Today, we see young pilots with relatively little experience, in command of airliners, and hundreds of lives. Unfortunately, this has led to disaster, as was the case of the Colgan flight, which crashed in Buffalo, in 2009. I know that you don't like hearing about such matters, but facts are facts.

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