LaGuardia Plane Crash: Landing Gear Failure Results in Injuries

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The collapse of a plane's landing gear sent it skidding along the tarmac, causing a temporary suspension of operations at NYC's LaGuardia Airport.

The front landing gear of arriving Southwest Airlines flight 345 collapsed on Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, officials said.

Ten passengers were hurt, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Thomas Bosco, Acting Director of Aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The six crew members were taken to another hospital for observation.

Bosco said that the surprising incident forced the temporary closing of the major airport, with one runway coming back into service around 7 p.m.

It was hoped both runways would be open Tuesday morning.

Dallas-based Southwest said there were 150 people on the flight coming from Nashville, Tenn., while the Port Authority said the total was 149.

Bosco said the nose gear of the plane collapsed when it landed at 5:40 p.m., and "the aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose and then veered off and came to rest in the grass area."

Bosco said there was no advance warning of any possible problem.

A passenger, Sgt. 1st Class Anniebell Hanna, 43, of the South Carolina National Guard, said the flight had initially been delayed leaving Nashville.

Passengers had heard an announcement saying "something was wrong with a tire," she said, waiting in a room at LaGuardia several hours after the incident.

Then at LaGuardia, "when we got ready to land, we nosedived," said Hanna. She and some family members were coming to New York for a visit.

The incident in New York comes 16 days after Asiana Flight 214 crash-landed in San Francisco, injuring dozens and claiming three lives.

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