11 injured after Southwest plane’s landing gear collapses

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-22 20:58:48-04
By Mike Ahlers

(CNN) — The nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jetliner collapsed while landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Boeing 737 reported potential landing gear problems before touching down on Runway 4 and coming safely to a stop at about 5:45 p.m. ET, the FAA said in a statement.

The blue and orange jet’s nose was resting on the tarmac.

The plane’s emergency slides were deployed and passengers were seen evacuating the aircraft. Emergency vehicles surrounded the disabled jet it on the tarmac.

The aviation agency initially said no injuries were reported by the crew to air traffic controllers but a source told CNN that three people aboard Flight 345 from Nashville were hurt. It is possible that those injuries were reported to first responders.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports that 11 people were hurt. Those injured included six passengers and five flight attendants. Southwest previously said eight people were hurt.

LaGuardia halted all incoming flights.

Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, confirmed an emergency in New York with Flight 345 and said it would provide further details later.

The National Transportation Safety Board was aware of the incident and is expected to launch an investigation.

The incident followed a runway crash of an Asiana jetliner in San Francisco last month that killed three people and injured more than 180 others.

Investigators in that crash will not determine a cause for several months at least but initial attention has focused on actions of the crew during approach.

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