The captain of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane took the controls from the first officer shortly before it slammed down nose-first at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, breaking the landing gear and skidding down the runway.
A Southwest Airlines Co. plane that skidded on its belly at New York’s LaGuardia Airport July 22, injuring nine people, hit the runway nose first before the front landing gear broke, U.S. accident investigators said.
Southwest Airlines Co. flies more passengers in the U.S. than any other carrier and serves 29 of the 30 largest metropolitan areas. To federal regulators, that’s not enough to be considered an influential industry competitor.
The Southwest Airlines Co . plane which had a nearly 5-foot-long hole open during flight at 34,000 feet on April 1 had misaligned rivet holes where two parts of the fuselage were assembled, a U.S. safety board said.