10 hurt as landing gear on Southwest 737 collapses at NYC

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 6:32 PM

NEW YORK -- Officials say the nose wheel of a Southwest Airlines flight landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport collapsed right after the aircraft touched down on the runway.
  
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says 10 passengers were treated at the scene Monday night, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The six crew members were taken to another hospital for observation.
  
Dallas-based Southwest says there were 150 people on the flight, while the Port Authority says it was 149.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 345 from Nashville, Tenn., landed at 5:45 p.m., and came safely to a stop at the edge of the runway. The nose of the Boeing 737 could be seen on the ground.
  
The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating shortly after 7 p.m.

Southwest released the following statement regarding Southwest Flight 345:

Southwest Airlines flight 345 landed at New York's LaGuardia at 5:40 PM Eastern Monday evening from Nashville. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-700. Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft's nose gear collapsed upon landing. There were 150 people on board including Customers and Crew. All Customers have been deplaned and transferred to the terminal. Initial reports indicate local responders are caring for five Customers and three flight attendants who have reported injuries at this time. Southwest is cooperating with local authorities, and the NTSB has been notified. 

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