Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Thursday that he's thankful there were only minor injuries as a result of a hard landing of one of the carrier's jets at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening.
"Of course, any injuries are too many, and we'll be working very diligently to make sure we understand what happened and make sure it doesn't happened again," Kelly said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the Boeing 737 operated by Southwest skidded 2,175 feet on its nose after the front gear collapsed backwards into the fuselage, damaging avionics and electronics.
Out of the 150 passengers and crew on board, nine people were hurt.
The NTSB is reviewing the flight data and cockpit voice recorders. For its part, Boeing said it also has people at the airport—supporting Southwest and providing technical assistance to the NTSB.
Kelly said he's "very pleased" with how the investigation is going. "Our primary objective is the safety of our customers and our crew," he stressed in a "Squawk Box" interview Thursday, shortly after the company reported earnings that were in-line with Wall Street expectations.
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