Southwest Airlines fires captain involved in hard NYC landing

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This picture taken by a witness shows passengers evacuating Southwest Airlines Flight 345 after landing gear collapsed at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on July 22, 2013. (MATTHEW J FRIEDMAN AND FRANK FERRAMOSCA)

 


 


Dallas, Texas (CBS/AP) -- Southwest Airlines has fired the captain of a plane that landed so hard at New York's LaGuardia airport that its nose gear collapsed.


Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says the airline terminated the captain last week after the airline finished its review of the July incident, in which 16 people were hurt. She says additional training is required for the first officer.

SEE ALSO: Probe: Southwest captain took over before nose landing

The National Transportation Board said the captain suddenly took over from the first officer 400 feet from the ground as the plane approached LaGuardia. The Boeing 737 landed on its nose gear, which collapsed. The plane then skidded to a stop in the grass near the runway.

The Dallas-based airline has not publicly identified the pilots. It has said that a nose-first landing violates its procedures.

CBS News' Carter Yany reports the NTSB had revealed earlier that the captain had been with Southwest for almost 13 years, had been a captain for six of those years, and had over 12,000 total flight hours, over 7,000 of which were as pilot-in-command.

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