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Nose Gear Buckles On Flight From Nashville To NYC

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(Photo courtesy Matthew J Friedman and Frank Ferramosca) (Photo courtesy Matthew J Friedman and Frank Ferramosca)
(Image courtesy CBS New York) (Image courtesy CBS New York)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Emergency response teams have responded to a runway at LaGuardia Airport after the nose gear from a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville collapsed after landing.

Flight 345 left Nashville International Airport at 2:33 p.m. central and arrived in New York at 5:44 p.m. eastern. 

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft landed safely. The nose gear apparently collapsed after the Boeing 737 had already touched down.

According to officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the front wheel of the aircraft popped while the plane was taxiing. The wheel mechanism then buckled, forcing the nose to the tarmac. 

None of the passengers were seriously hurt, although officials said there may have been some minor injuries. 

Officials said 149 people were onboard the plane, including 143 passengers and 6 crew members. All the passengers evacuated the plane by the emergency chute.

Ten people were treated for injuries at the scene. Six of them were transported by ground to Elmhurst Hospital Center. The other four refused treatment.  

Members of the flight crew were taken to Northshore University Hospital for observation. 

One Port Authority police officer was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion. 

Twitter user Bobby Abtahi (@BobbyAdtahi) from Dallas was at the airport when the incident happened and snapped photos of emergency crews helping passengers and investigating the plane. 

"Southwest plane with wheel that just came off. Unbelievable," he tweeted. 

A shuttle bus was expected to take all the passengers to the terminal where they were expected to speak with officials. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey temporarily closed the airport while crews worked to help the passengers and clear the runway of debris. The airport technically remained open.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene and gathering information about the incident. 

"Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft's nosegear collapsed upon landing," Southwest Airlines officials said in a statement. "All customers have been deplaned and transferred to the terminal."

Passengers were waiting at the terminal for NTSB officials to finish their investigation so Southwest crews could begin unloading luggage. 

Officials were also working to detemine how to move the aircraft off a grassy area in between the runway and taxiing area. 

The extent of damage to the runway was unknown. 

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