NTSB: Capt Took Command Before Landing Accident

NEW YORK (AP) -

The captain of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed on a collapsing nose gear at LaGuardia Airport took control from the first officer just 400 feet from the ground, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

It’s unusual for a co-pilot or captain to take over a plane that’s landing when it’s so close to the tarmac. Sixteen people were injured in the July 22 hard landing, which the NTSB is still investigating.

The federal aviation agency on Tuesday issued an update report that offers a glimpse into what happened in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 minutes before its nose hit the tarmac and the landing gear collapsed, sending it skidding before it came to a halt in a grassy area.

As the plane approached LaGuardia, the captain had been monitoring the landing and suddenly took over from the plane’s first officer. NTSB officials said they could not answer further questions as the probe continues.