(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
NTSB Issues Investigative Update into Southwest Flight 345
Accident at LaGuardia Airport in New York
July 25, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board today released factual
information from the July 22 accident involving a Southwest
Airlines Boeing 737-700 landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
The airplane’s front landing gear collapsed on landing.
• Evidence from video and other sources is consistent with the
nose-gear making contact with the runway before the main landing
• The flight data recorder on the airplane recorded 1,000
parameters and contained approximately 27 hours of recorded
data, including the entire flight from Nashville to New York.
• The cockpit voice recorder contains a two-hour recording of
excellent quality that captures the entire flight from Nashville
to New York and the accident landing sequence.
• Flaps were set from 30 to 40 degrees about 56 seconds prior to
• Altitude was about 32 feet, airspeed was about 134 knots, and
pitch attitude was about 2 degrees nose-up approximately 4
seconds prior touchdown.
• At touchdown, the airspeed was approximately 133 knots and the
aircraft was pitched down approximately 3 degrees.
• After touchdown, the aircraft came to a stop within
approximately 19 seconds.
• A cockpit voice recorder group will convene tomorrow at NTSB
laboratories in Washington to transcribe the relevant portion of
the accident flight.
Further investigative updates will be issued as events warrant.
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