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-- in a moment but one of our top stories back here at home at least six passengers.
Three crew members now recovering a day after the hard landed.
Of a Southwest Airlines jet -- Guardia airport in New York.
150 people on board.
Here's the airport's -- -- manager to explain what happened.
The nose -- specifically collapsed the aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose.
And then veered off and came to rest -- -- grass area between the runway and taxiway fox -- About halfway down the runway.
-- -- -- is here former USB member under president Reagan's administration chairman of the Omega systems group consider.
Good morning it's good to see you again after all these years doctors have thanks become an -- Tell me what is now tell me what you believe about the pilot what he he knew and did not know when he was bringing that plane and you.
Well the earliest reports had -- he had knew the outcome but I don't think he did.
In other words if he had I think he would have flown by.
And as they did -- jetBlue eight years ago in Los Angeles and they would have had and look at him landing gear but announcing that happen.
And other words you -- -- circle the runway you get a chance of a tower to get a close look at you and and tell you what they see is that your saying.
Variety that's the but I think and also think about the injuries bill because we.
We've got eight people injured but I don't know whether they -- in the aircraft itself.
Or probably trying to use the the escape out of the airplane that's this initiative -- sometimes that happens you mentioned -- -- deal and -- eight years ago.
What why what what what was the outcome of that doctor.
Well for one thing it -- -- -- street funny instead of his 737.
Southwest has almost exclusively 737 aircraft.
These are age -- and it was -- 68 funny with a nose gear problem I've not heard of -- sense that.
What they did there if he -- he had a problem he would go landed nose high on the main gear and then at the last minute.
Lord the airplane down on unknowns that I don't think that occurred here and -- I see so what you can do as you can for a -- by the tower -- busy airspace by the way too.
-- not necessarily easy thing to do you know and and heavily traffic.
Skies here in New York City is -- an indicator on board -- -- cockpit.
That would tell me a -- whether the landing gear is up or down.
Well there was in the case of -- we had a caution -- -- came on that caused him to burn off all his fuel for three hours or.
The Pacific Ocean -- Los Angeles but I don't think that occurred here -- this flight was from Nashville.
-- relatively short fly and he probably have a lot of fuel on board and I don't think he knew we had a problem -- said it down on the nose is it -- called for a pilot to land the plane.
If the front landing gear is not now.
Not really I think it's a minor problem if it's handled correctly and and what he would have done.
If he knew we had a problem he would know it landed very -- -- And on the main gear until.
He hits a last minute lord down on the nose gear and then it would have been very consequential.
In this case I think the fact that he veered off.
The main runway at LaGuardia says that he did knowing other problems that -- it takes some skill southwest how is that airline's record.
Well they've and -- recent months they've been criticized for possibly poor maintenance I don't that -- was resolved.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Or -- nose -- striped it might have failed.
Because the landing gear.
Operator we'll also be in on the investigation of the NTSB -- and also mention -- burn the fuel you you do that to lessen the wait on board the plane.
How much does that help that we've got a 150 people on board and all that luggage in the cardinal.
Well the -- rates you have on the -- than better in other words if the Maingear.
Can sustain that -- that's that's a good thing.
And so they want to give me as a the -- but also the fire potential as well all right doctor Vernon gross thank you have you seen many cases like this by the way.
They -- all the planes in the air every day.
It's not common.
It really isn't it is.
Well these people are lucky and we hope indeed all the injuries are minor -- -- -- just that way minor doctor -- -- thank you was good to have you back on our program.
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