Southwest Fires Captain in Troubled NYC Landing

Sixteen people were hurt in the hard landing at LaGuardia Airport

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013  |  Updated 4:53 PM EDT
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Southwest Flight Landing Gear Collapses at LaGuardia

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Southwest Nose Gear Likely Failed from "Stress Overload," NTSB Says

The National Transportation Safety Board says a Southwest Airlines plane's nose gear appears to have failed because of "stress overload" when it collapsed during landing at LaGuardia Airport last month. Andrew Siff reports.

WATCH: Plane Skids to a Scary Halt on Runway

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the Southwest Airlines plane skidding down the runway at LaGuardia Airport Monday after its landing gear collapsed.
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Southwest Airlines has fired the captain of a plane that landed so hard at New York's LaGuardia airport that its nose gear collapsed.

Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says the airline terminated the captain last week after the airline finished its review of the July incident, in which 16 people were hurt. She says additional training is required for the first officer.

The National Transportation Board said the captain suddenly took over from the first officer 400 feet from the ground as the plane approached LaGuardia. The Boeing 737 landed on its nose gear, which collapsed. The plane then skidded to a stop in the grass near the runway.

The Dallas-based airline has not publicly identified the pilots. It has said that a nose-first landing violates its procedures.

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