NEW YORK — Federal investigators questioned two Delta pilots Monday about what may have caused their jet to come in so low that it lost its landing gear and skidded down a La Guardia Airport runway in a violent storm.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Matthew Furman said investigators had no reports of wind shear--sudden gusts that can confuse the readings on a plane's instruments--before Saturday's accident.
Information from the McDonnell Douglas MD-80's flight data recorder, to be analyzed later this week, could indicate whether a wind shear was responsible, Furman said.
He added that a cockpit voice recorder was being analyzed, and the plane was being checked for mechanical problems.
Delta spokesman Bill Berry said the plane's pilot and co-pilot were indefinitely removed from active flight duty, as is routine after an accident.