Plane Crash Lands at New York Airport


Officials are hoping to have both runways at LaGuardia Airport up and running Tuesday morning after the collapse of Southwest flight 345's front landing gear caused a temporary suspension of operations.

According to the FAA, the nose gear on the plane collapsed when it landed at 5:40 p.m. Monday, sending the Boeing 737 skidding along the tarmac. Emergency crews surrounded the plane, and used the side chutes to evacuate the 150 people on board.

Passengers say smoke filled the plane while they waited for the crews to arrive.

"The worst part was when the doors weren't being open and the smoke was coming in. You didn't how how long that was going to take. Clearly they wanted to wait for the rescue teams to come and see if there was fire," said passenger Andy Perry.

Airport officials say 10 people were treated for injuries at the scene, and other six were taken to the hospital. The flight crew was also hospitalized for observation.

Both the FAA and the NTBS are investigating. Officials say there was no advance warning of a problem before the landing gear collapsed.


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