Southwest plane landed nose gear-first, NTSB findings reveal

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – The Southwest plane that suffered a wheel collapse at New York’s LaGuardia airport touched down nose first, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed Thursday afternoon.

While planes typically touch down first with the wheels beneath the body of the plane, “Evidence from video and other sources is consistent with the nose-gear making contact with the runway before the main landing gear,” according to the report.

Southwest Crash Investigation


The NTSB reviewed multiple videos along with a two-hour voice recording from the cockpit that captured the entire flight from Nashville to New York.

Ten people, including five crew members, were injured when the front landing gear buckled, sending the Boeing 737-700 skidding 2,175 across the runway and onto a patch of grass.



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