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Video Footage Shows Southwest Airlines Plane Landed Nose First

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 02:58 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Video footage shows that Southwest Airlines Flight 345 landed nose first at LaGuardia Airport on Monday night.

Federal investigators have video footage from surveillance cameras at LaGuardia Airport that show the Bowing 737 "coming in nose forward and downward, which is not the correct approach," a source told DNAinfo New York.

The source said that the wheel in the front of the airplane is not strong enough to support the landing and the weight of the jet, so it gave way.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the nose dive. Even if it turns out that it was pilot error, experts say that he made the right moves to prevent the crash from being much worse.

"The plane should have been strewn all over the runway," the source said. "Everyone believes the pilot had to be awfully skilled to prevent that from happening."

The airplane carrying 150 passengers and crew from Nashville, Tennessee slid almost 2,200 feet before coming to a stop at 5:40 p.m. There were only 10 injuries, and none were serious.


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