Nightly News   |  July 25, 2013

Report: Southwest plane landed nose-gear first

The metal strain on the plane struts of the Southwest plane caused the front landing gear to collapse, according to a preliminary report from the NTSB. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>> in this country in new york in fact there is late word about the preliminary cause of the rough landing and the runway scare at la guardia airport monday. the ntsb preliminary report reveals instead of flaring out and landing and setting down rear gear first, the southwest airlines boeing 737 landed nose gear first. because of the metal strain on the struts the front landing gear then collapsed. the plane skidded down the runway for 19 seconds before coming to a stop. there were, as you may know, several minor injuries.