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Southwest Passenger Speaks About Hard Landing

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of the passengers of that Southwest flight spoke out for the first time to NewsChannel 5. It was a landing that took everyone on Southwest flight 345 by surprise.

"For all we knew we were going to land safely and it was just, BOOM and everybody sort of reacted, but surprisingly everybody was composed," said Franklin Liranzo from New York.

From his New York home Liranzo explained what it was like moments after the nose gear of the plan collapsed.

"Some of us were joking and laughing about it, because we did not realized the front landing gear collapsed," said Liranzo.

It wasn't until the plane started sliding off of the runway that everyone knew something went wrong during their landing.

"If I were to predict which gear would fail if you're going to have a landing gear failure, it would be the landing gear. A light airplane or a large airplane, it doesn't make any difference," said Dr. Ron Ferrara, Aerospace Department Chair at Middle Tennessee State University.

He said there was very little the pilots could do after the gear collapsed, since the front gear is used for steering.

"It's interesting that this airplane was inspected July 18, but whether the landing gear was part of that inspection, we don't know," said Ferrara

With more than 40 plus years of aerospace experience, Ferrara said the inspection process for planes is not so cut and dry.

"They'll do landing gear one time, engines and then periodically they will go through different stage checks and eventually they will do the entire plane and take it apart," he said.

Luckily everyone made it off the plane with non-life threatening injuries.

As for flying again, Liranzo said Monday's incident has not scared him away.

"I say that now, but we will see when I am on the plane about to land again," said Liranzo.

This is the second Boeing manufactured aircraft to have landing problems in July.

A spokesperson with the company said they are working closely with investigators. 

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com 

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