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NTSB Begins Formal Probe of Southwest Crash at LaGuardia

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board began a formal investigation into the Southwest Airlines Co. accident yesterday at New York’s LaGuardia airport that injured eight and disrupted traffic.

The Boeing Co. 737-700’s nose gear failed as the plane touched down, folding up beneath the jet and causing sufficient damage to other aircraft systems to trigger a formal probe, Eric Weiss, an agency spokesman, said today in an interview.