16 INJURED AS SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 345 CRASH-LANDED DUE TO COLLAPSED NOSE LANDING GEAR AT NEW YORK’S LA GUARDIA AIRPORT

Passengers ran to safety after evacuating the crippled jetliner on Monday evening

Sixteen injured as plane crash lands without after nose landing gear COLLAPSES as it lands at New York‘s LaGuardia Airport

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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Emergency vehicles can be seen rushing to the scene of the crash and hosing down the nose of the jack-knifed planeEmergency vehicles can be seen rushing to the scene of the crash and hosing down the nose of the jack-knifed plane

 

 

 

 
One passenger posted this picture on Instagram of passengers escaping the plane through the inflatable sliding ramps while emergency crews look onOne passenger posted this picture on Instagram of passengers escaping the plane through the inflatable sliding ramps while emergency crews look on

  

Passengers ran to safety after evacuating the crippled jetliner on Monday eveningPassengers ran to safety after evacuating the crippled jetliner on Monday evening

 

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.

 Thomas Bosco, the director of LaGuardia Airport, said there was no indication there was a problem with the landing gear before the pilot 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.

 

 
Plane crash lands with front landing gear
 

 
Three injuries were reported aboard the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 jetliner, which was bound from Nashville, Tennessee Three injuries were reported aboard the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 jetliner, which was bound from Nashville, Tennessee

 

 
No injuries: Southwest Airlines Flight 345 crash-landed at New York City's LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening. It was forced to slide on the tarmac after its front landing gear failed to deployNo injuries: Southwest Airlines Flight 345 crash-landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening. It was forced to slide on the tarmac after its front landing gear failed to deploy

 
The plane was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members. Three minor injuries have been reportedThe plane was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members. Three minor injuries have been reported

 

 

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.

Witnesses told CNN that an emergency crew did not appear to be standing by on LaGuardia’s Runway Four when the plane crash-landed.

 

 
Plane slides on belly when front landing gear fails
 

 

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.

Bobby Abtahi, a businessman from Dallas, Texas, tweeted photographs of the cripples plane from the American Airlines Admirals Club.

‘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.

 
Inflatable ramps were extended from the doors of the plane to allow passengers to escapeInflatable ramps were extended from the doors of the plane to allow passengers to escape

 

The disabled plane is seen here with its tail jutting into the air and its nose planted on the tarmacThe disabled plane is seen here with its tail jutting into the air and its nose planted on the tarmac

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2374338/Southwest-Flight-345-Boeing-737-crash-lands-LaGuardia-nose-landing-gear-collapses.html#ixzz2ZpNF5vBH
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