NTSB says Southwest captain erred in 2013 nose landing

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Federal officials say the captain of a Southwest Airlines plane that made a hard landing in 2013 should have pulled up and attempted a fresh approach to the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

In a report released Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board faulted the captain for taking over control from the co-pilot while the plane was just 27 feet above the ground.

Eight people suffered minor injuries, and the Boeing 737 was heavily damaged after landing on its nose gear. Southwest later fired the captain.

The safety board said that the late change in control left both pilots unable to monitor the plane's altitude. Instead, the board said, the captain should have ordered a so-called go-around — call off the landing, circle and try again.