Landing gear on Southwest jet collapses at LaGuardia Airport, 8 injured

By REUTERS
July 23, 2013 05:03

NEW YORK - Eight people were injured on Monday when the landing gear on a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed upon touchdown at New York City's LaGuardia Airport, officials said.

LaGuardia, one of the area's busiest airports, was closed for more than an hour after the Boeing 737 jet landed with its 150 passengers and crew at around 5:45 p.m. EDT (2145 GMT).

"The aircraft landed on runway 4 and the landing gear collapsed, the nose wheel collapsed," Thomas Bosco, the airport's general manager, told reporters.

Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa MacSpadden said those hurt during the landing suffered back and neck injuries.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Southwest said in a statement that all the passengers and crew had been evacuated from the plane, which took off from Nashville, Tennessee. Televised images of the aircraft showed it surrounded by emergency vehicles.


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