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July 26th, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Human Error Possible for Southwest Nose-Landing

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.

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  1. marcelbaudin

    CNN posts video supplied by passenger not following FAA rules.
    What's up with that?

    July 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  2. marcelbaudin

    I'm guessing that CNN staffers don't fly much, because FAA regulations require that "all electronic devices be turned off and stowed during take of and landing".

    Thanks to CNN, the moron who was "filming" ( I really hate that word now, as applied to electronic media), rather "recording" the landing out the window of the Southwest Flight that hit the runway nose-first at LaGuardia, GETS REWARDED FOR DOING SO BY SELLING IT TO CNN – WHO THEN AIRS IT ON THE NETWORK.

    Let's assume for a moment that some laws / rules are "soft" and other laws / rules are "hard".. Now we have national media "just doing what everybody else does".

    Bottom line:, some moron wins the moron-lottery (due to morons in the cockpit) and now millions of other morons will be encouraged to do the same. This was presented by Don Lemon while engaged in a serious discussion on ethics and morality.....

    Well played CNN.

    July 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply

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