NTSB evaluating 'nose dive' plane landing - Tucson News Now

NTSB evaluating 'nose dive' plane landing

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a plane incident in which a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 slid 2,175 feet on its nose along a runway during landing Monday.

About 145 passengers and five crew members evacuated Southwest flight 345, and nine were treated for minor injuries after the landing around 5:45 p.m. at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

According to reports, the jet's nose landing gear collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, which damaged the electronics bay that houses avionics and other equipment.

The exterior of the plane was also damaged.

An investigator arrived to evaluate the extent of the damage and on-scene activities. The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were sent to the NTSB laboratory for evaluation Tuesday. NTSB plans to interview the pilots, witnesses and review other video and photo evidence.

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