WASHINGTON — The Southwest Airlines jet that crash landed at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Monday met the runway with its nose gear first, according to federal accident investigators.
The unusual landing configuration is the surest clue yet as to why the Boeing 737s front landing gear collapsed and the plane skidded down the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board said video and other sources provide evidence that the “nose gear (made) contact with runway before main gear.”
There were 150 people on board the plane. Six went to the hospital with minor injuries.
Flight 345 was landing from Nashville when the plane’s nose gear collapsed and the jet eventually came to a stop in grass off the runway.
That same plane was supposed to fly on to Denver, but the flight was canceled and passengers were booked on other flights.