Eight hurt as landing gear on plane collapses

The damage plane in New York
The damage plane in New York

EIGHT people were injured after the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines plane with 150 people on board collapsed on landing at New York's La Guardia airport.

The accident left the Boeing 737-700 with its nose resting against the runway and forced the temporary closure of the airport, which mostly handles flights to and from other US cities.

The airline confirmed that emergency services had helped with the evacuation of the passengers and crew of flight 345 from Nashville.

"Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft's nose gear collapsed upon landing,'' it said in a statement.

"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 (US aviation safety body) NTSB has been notified.''

Read more at the New Zealand Herald

Topics:  airlines flying new york

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