NTSB: Southwest jet's nose gear landed first

NTSB: Southwest jet's nose gear landed first

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NEW YORK - JULY 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) A Southwest Airlines flight remains on runway 4 after the plane's landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down on the runway, at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Photo by Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 6:27 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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.

A spokeswoman for Southwest said the landing described by the NTSB was "not in accordance" with operating procedures.

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

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

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Online: http://www.ntsb.gov/

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