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10 Injured at LaGuardia After Plane's Landing Gear Collapses

By Katie Honan | July 22, 2013 10:52pm
 The flight was landing at LaGuardia Airport at around 5:40 p.m.
The flight was landing at LaGuardia Airport at around 5:40 p.m.
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EAST ELMHURST — Ten passengers were injured after the nose gear on a Southwest Airlines plane collapsed upon landing at LaGuardia, airport officials said.

Flight 345, a Boeing 787 aircraft, flying from Nashville and landed in Queens about 5:40 p.m. when the front of the plane's landing gear collapsed, officials said.

The plane traveled halfway across the runway and stopped by a grassy portion of the airport, according to Thomas Bosco, the airport general manager.

The 143 passengers and six crew members departed the plane using emergency chutes in an "orderly fashion," he said.

Ten passengers were treated at the scene, and six were transported to Elmhurst Hospital.

The flight's crew were taken to North Shore-LIJ Hospital with minor injuries, and a Port Authority police officer was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, Bosco said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was on-scene investigating Monday night, and airport officials would assess any damage to the runway.

The airport was closed for about an hour and a half, and re-opened by 7 p.m.

Bosco said they hope to have the runway fully open by Tuesday morning.