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Southwest Jet Crashes On Its Nose After Landing Gear Fails, Injuring 10
In a minor crash that was alarming for all, but seriously injuring for none, a Boeing 737-700 skidded to a halt when its landing gear failed to open on a New York City runway. The jet, owned by Southwest Airlines, fell upon its nose when the landing gear simply collapsed, startling the 143 passengers and 6 crew members, but leaving only 10 people with minor injuries. After the plan screeched across the runway, it finally halted in a grassy area nearby.
“It was unlike any other landing,” said passenger Kathy Boles, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “It was just a bang and a bounce and then just a slam on the brakes and that skidding feeling. It was very clear … that something was really wrong and that we did not land on wheels in the front.”
Clearly a terrifying moment, as when the pilot instructed passengers to check their seatbelts and their neighbors seatbelts. “All of a sudden, this huge bang,” said another passenger,” Frank Ferramosca, speaking to CNN.
This isn’t the only time a Boeing 737 has stuttered with its landing gear, recently. A similar crash happened on July 6 with Asiana Airlines, when three were killed in San Francisco when the landing gear failed to work.Southwest Jet Crashes On Its Nose After Landing Gear Fails, Injuring 10 by Daniel June