|Quoting Jj (Reply 10):|
Isn't it weird how the aircraft ended "nose up"? I'd never seen a 737 with a gear collapse end that way...
Interesting question. I'd say that the most likely explanation is that it's sitting on the right engine pod and left main gear, and that the rear of the right engine pod is significantly further forward than the right main gear. Here's a pic that illustrates the difference:
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so my conjecture is that it's doing the "taildragger" thing: the center of gravity is aft of the engine pod, causing the tail to go down and the nose to rise. That, combined with the possible offloading of pax and baggage, may have contributed to that situation. I'm not sure, though. It almost doesn't seem as though the pod is that much further forward, at least not enough to cause the tip backwards.