(PIX11) – Ten people were after a scary landing at LaGuardia Monday evening when a Southwest plane’s nose landing gear collapsed.
Flight 345 arriving from Nashville was left tilting forward on the tarmac after the 5:45 p.m. landing on Runway 4. Both LaGuardia runways were temporarily closed after the hard landing; one has since reopened.
The FAA said in a statement that the crew reported possible front landing gear problems before the landing.
NTSB investigators continue working to determine the cause of the malfunction. There is a long debris field to inspect prior to turning the runway over to the Port Authority for inspection and renewal. According to airport sources, there is a significant gouge in the runway that will need to be repaired. The earliest estimated opening tomorrow for runway 4-22 is 10:00 a.m. The airport is allowing 24 hour operations on runway 13-31.
The plane had 143 passengers and five crew members on board. Airport sources say five crew members and five passengers were treated after the incident. Crew members were transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center.
“Southwest Airlines confirms emergency responders at New York’s LaGuardia airport are assisting with an evacuation of flight 345 after the Boeing 737 arrived this evening from Nashville. We will provide further details when available,” the airline said in a statement. The plane was constructed in 1999.
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