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July 22, 2013

Southwest flight has nose gear problem while landing at LaGuardia


Photo courtesy of Porter Farrell
Photo courtesy of Porter Farrell

Southwest Airlines confirmed that Flight 345 made an emergency landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Monday afternoon.


"Southwest Airlines confirms emergency responders at New York's LaGuardia airport are assisting with an evacuation of ‪#‎flight345‬ after the Boeing 737 arrived this evening from Nashville. We will provide further details when available," the carrier said on its Facebook page.

Social media reports indicated that the nose gear collapsed while the plane was landing. It appears passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides on the aircraft.

The Boeing 737-700 landed at 5:41 p.m. EDT, arriving from Nashville, according to FlightAware.com. There are currently no reports of injuries.

LaGuardia Airport is currently under a ground stop by the Federal Aviation Administration preventing flights from arriving or departing because of the accident.

A passenger on the flight, Darielle Joly Breakey, posted a response to Southwest's Facebook statement saying, "I was on the flight and would like to say that so far we are all okay! Thanks for the prayers!"

UPDATE: Southwest posted this updated statement on its Facebook page at 6:42 p.m.

"Southwest Airlines ‪#‎flight345‬ 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 nosegear 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."

-Andrea Ahles


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