Sixteen injured as plane crash lands without after nose landing gear COLLAPSES as it lands at New York‘s LaGuardia Airport
- Boeing 737-700 was bound for New York from Nashville, Tennessee
- Southwest Airlines Flight 345 carried 144 passengers and six crew members
- Sixteen minor injuries reported
- Pilots reported possible problems with landing gear before touching down
By Michael Zennie Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 22 July 2013
At total of 16 people aboard the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 were hurt. Ten were treated at the scene by paramedics and six were taken to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries were not known, though they are believed to have been minor. Four passengers also suffered panic attacks after the landing.
Southwest Flight 345 was bound for New York City from Nashville, Tennessee. It was carrying 144 passengers – including a baby – and six crew members.
Aviation officials halted all takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia after the crash about 5.45pm on Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration said held all flights to LaGuardia for over an hour – delaying thousands of fliers.
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One runway reopened and was operating by 8pm. Officials said they hoped the reopen all runways by Tuesday morning.
Stranded travelers at the busy New York airport posted photos of fire engines hosing down the nose of the plane.
Officials say the landing gear came down, but then collapsed as the plane touched down.
‘From what we know, the aircraft landed on runway 4 and the landing gear collapsed, specifically the nose landing gear. The plane skidded down the runway before coming to a halt at the edge of the tarmac,’ he said.
Witnesses reported seeing sparks flying as the nose of the plane skidded to a stop on the runway.
Passengers were forced to stay in their seats and wait aboard the plane for more than 45 minutes before they could be evacuated.
Everyone was evacuated safely within an hour of the landing – sliding down the inflatable chutes that extended from the doorways.
It is unclear what caused the malfunction. The rear landing gear on the plane extended normally.
The apparent mechanical failure comes just more than two weeks after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three Chinese students and injuring dozens.
‘Wow. Wheels just came off southwest flight at LGA,’ he wrote.
Dancer Simirin Player, who was aboard the plane, posted a photo of herself safely outside the jet on Instagram.
‘Just crash landed in Laguardia airport in NYC!! Thanks be to God that nobody was hurt! Scariest thing ever!!!’ she said.
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