Nightly News   |  May 22, 2010

U.S. experts to aid in India crash probe

NBC’s Lester Holt speaks with former NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker.

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HOLT: 737, and tonight representatives from Boeing and the NTSB are en route to the scene. Joining us now for more insight into the crash is former NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker , who you saw in Keir 's report. Mark , what can American experts bring to this investigation?

Mr. ROSENKER: Lester , this is a very seasoned group of investigators that have had a great deal of experience in working in overseas crashes. They'll be working closely with the Indian authorities to take a look at operations, structure, survival factors, all of the things that come into play when you're doing an investigation like this.

HOLT: Yeah. Weather is not considered a factor right now, so what factors could typically lead to a plane overshooting a runway on landing?

Mr. ROSENKER: There are a number of things that could go wrong on landing. Perhaps the pilots were going too fast, perhaps they went too long on this runway, perhaps the reverse thrusters had not been applied at the appropriate time. They'll be looking at all of these things to find out what happened.

HOLT: Three fatal airline crashes overseas in just over a month: the Polish plane in Russia , there was the crash in Libya , all during landing. Are there some common threads we should worry about, Mark ?

Mr. ROSENKER: I don't know if we have any common threads yet. We are very early in the investigative process. During the months, I am confident that the investigators will be looking for those common threads if they exist.

HOLT: Mark Rosenker tonight, thank you for your insight.