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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Safety Officials Search for Cause of Southwest Boeing 737 Crash

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Federal safety officials are investigating what caused a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 passenger jet to crash Monday at New York's LaGuardia Airport. 
 
 
(Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 after crash evacuation. Photo, courtesy of NTSB.)
 
According to a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released Tuesday, the nose landing gear collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging the plane's avionics and other onboard equipment. Upon impact, the exterior of the 737 was also damaged from sliding 2,175 feet on its nose before coming to a stop. Flight 345 was arriving in New York after leaving from Nashville. 
 
The airline released details about the crash, indicating three passengers and eight crew members onboard were transported to local hospitals, where they have since been released. There were a total of 150 passengers onboard. 
 
The Boeing 737-700 first entered service with the airline in 1999, and last underwent a maintenance inspection on July 18, 2013. Officials from Southwest and Boeing are participating in NTSB's investigation of the crash. 
 

The aircraft has been removed from the runway where it crashed, and Southwest has since resumed full operations at the airport.  

 

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