Last updated: 27 March 2017
Narrative:A Boeing 737-700, operated by Southwest Airlines, was damaged in a landing accident at New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA). There were 145 passengers and five crew members on board. Nine occupants were treated for minor injuries.
Southwest flight WN345 departed from Nashville, TN. The first officer was the pilot flying and the captain was the pilot monitoring. The en route part of the flight was uneventful. Flight 345 was cleared for the ILS runway 04 approach at New York-La Guardia.
SWA 345 proceeded on the approach when at a point below 400 feet, there was an exchange of control of the airplane and the captain became the flying pilot and made the landing.
Evidence from video and other sources is consistent with the nose-gear making contact with the runway before the main landing gear, according to the NTSB.
At touchdown, the airspeed was approximately 133 knots and the aircraft was pitched down approximately 3 degrees. The nose landing gear collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage. The electronics bay was damaged. The exterior of the airplane was also damaged from sliding 2,175 feet on its nose along runway 4 before coming to rest, off to the right side of the runway.
A preliminary examination of the nose gear indicated that it failed due to stress overload.
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's attempt to recover from an unstabilized approach by transferring airplane control at low altitude instead of performing a go-around. Contributing to the accident was the captain's failure to comply with standard operating procedures."
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Distance from Nashville International Airport, TN to New York-La Guardia Airport, NY as the crow flies is 1219 km (762 miles).
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