LaGuardia Airport Back to Normal After Southwest Airlines Crash
Runways are back to normal at LaGuardia Airport in New York following the crash of a Southwest Airlines jet earlier in the week.
The jet collapsed Monday and slammed into the tarmac as it crashed upon landing. Sixteen of the aircraft’s 150 passengers were injured on Flight #345's difficult arrival from Nashville, Tennessee.
The crash of the plane, a Boeing 737, led the airport to shut down two runways. The entire airport was closed down for about an hour.
According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the nose gear of the jet collapsed backward and into the body of the aircraft following a hard landing.
Investigators found that the landing gear had actually “collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging the electronics bay that houses avionics.”
Skidding to a halt, the plane slid 2,175 feet before it finally stopped at the end of the runway, with only the right axle of the landing gear still attached.
NTSB investigators who recovered the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorders on Tuesday said they will analyze the data therein. The plane was last inspected on July 18, according to a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines.