The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday revoked the licenses of the three cockpit crew members of the American Airlines plane that almost crashed in Harlingen, Tex., late last Friday night.
The plane, carrying 124 passengers, attempted to land three times in low visibility.
On the third attempt, the plane struck two sets of runway approach lights four feet off the ground, but was able to regain altitude and fly to San Antonio.
The FAA's emergency revocation orders were against pilot John Jesse Dowds, first officer Stephen Gall and second officer John Bonewitz.
The revocations can be appealed to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The FAA cited Dowds for "operating an aircraft in a reckless manner" and said that he had failed to enter in his log book some of the unusual occurrences on the flight, including the fact that the collision with the landing lights was severe enough to cause several oxygen masks to deploy in the passenger cabin and some ceiling panels to come loose.
After the plane landed safely in San Antonio, other crews took it to Dallas-Fort Worth and then to Denver, where damage to the exterior of the plane was discovered and the plane was taken out of service.
Flight crews are required by regulation to inspect the exterior of the aircraft before each flight.
The investigation is continuing, the FAA said.
American Airlines said it had no comment.