'Too low and too fast'
Survivor Benjamin Levy told a local NBC station by phone that he believed the plane had been coming in too low. ‘I know the airport pretty well, so I realized the guy was a bit too low, too fast, and somehow he was not going to hit the runway on time, so he was too low ... he put some gas and tried to go up again,’ he said. ‘But it was too late, so we hit the runway pretty bad, and then we started going up in the air again, and then landed again, pretty hard,’ Levy said. He said he opened an emergency door and ushered people out. ‘We got pretty much everyone in the back section of the plane out,’ he said. ‘When we got out there was some smoke. There was no fire then, the fire came afterward.’ Photos and TV images showed that emergency chutes had been deployed.