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Southwest Airlines fires captain in LaGuardia nose gear collapse

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Southwest Crash Investigation


Southwest Airlines has fired the captain involved in a scary landing at LaGuardia Airport in July, when the plane’s nose gear collapsed.

The decision comes after the company’s full review of the incident, which injured 16, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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


The investigation revealed that the plane landed nose-gear first after the captain abruptly took control of the plane from the first officer, just 400 feet from the tarmac.

Eleven 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.

The company has not identified the captain or the first officer, who will have to undergo additional training.


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