Southwest jet's landing gear collapses while landing at LaGuardia

NEW YORK -- The nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed on landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday, leaving the jet sitting at a deep forward tilt on the tarmac and forcing the airport’s closure.

The Dallas-based airline did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails about possible injuries. On its Facebook page, it confirmed that emergency responders at the airport were “assisting with an evacuation” of Flight 345, which had been scheduled to arrive from Nashville.

The Boeing 737 landed at 5:41 p.m., according to

Some local media reported three injuries during the evacuation.

One woman posted a brief message on the Southwest Facebook page, saying: “I was on the flight and would like to say that so far, we are all okay!”

The woman, Darielle Joly Breakey, added: “Thanks for the prayers!”


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