New details are emerging about the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded down a runway and landed nose-first at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this Monday.
Flight 345 had 150 people on board. Federal investigators are questioning why the jet landed nose-first.
“When it comes to landing, the 737's rear landing wheels touch ground first, the front wheels second,” CNN's Rene Marsh reports.
“But investigators say that's not how it happened here. The front wheel came down first and it couldn't withstand the weight of the plane, ending with a 19 second skid.”
According to the NTSB, in the final four seconds before touchdown, the plane shifted from 2 degrees nose up to 3 degrees nose down.
Kevin Hiatt, President of the Flight Safety Foundation, says human error could be a possible cause.
“Southwest tells CNN the landing scenario the NTSB describes... ‘is not in accordance with our operating procedures,’” Marsh reports.
“This is now the second investigation looking at potential pilot error in a matter of weeks. Asiana Flight 214 crash landed at the San Fransisco airport earlier this month...killing three people.”
Follow along at CNN.com as the investigation develops.