Southwest Fires Captain in Nose-Dive Landing

DALLAS (AP) -

Southwest Airlines has fired the captain of a plane that landed so hard at LaGuardia airport that its nose gear collapsed, after the airline finished its review of the July incident, in which 16 people were hurt. She says additional training is required for the first officer.

The captain suddenly took over from the first officer 400 feet from the ground as the plane approached LaGuardia. The Boeing 737 landed on its nose gear, which collapsed. The plane then skidded to a stop in the grass.