Southwest Flight crash lands at LaGuardia after losing landing gear



Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 8:06 AM

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NEW YORK — Southwest Airlines Flight 345 was involved in an incident at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Dallas-based carrier said the pilot of the Boeing 737 reported possible landing gear issues on approach to Runway 4.

The nosegear collapsed as the aircraft landed at 4:45 p.m. CT, the airline said.

First photos from the scene showed emergency vehicles spraying foam on the disabled aircraft.

Front and rear emergency evacuation chutes were deployed. There was no fire.

Southwest reported that there were 150 passengers and crew on board the flight. Five of the passengers and three flight attendants were being treated for injuries by first responders.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will conduct an investigation of the crash landing, Southwest said.

LaGuardia Airport was closed following the emergency.

The flight was coming from Nashville International Airport at the time of the crash landing and was originally scheduled to head to Denver after LaGuardia.