Published On: Tue, Jul 23rd, 2013

10 reported injured in plane landing in New York with damaged front landing gear

As many as 10 people were injured Monday evening when the landing gear collapsed on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 as it arrived at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

New York plane lands without front landing gearThere was some uncertainty Monday night about the circumstances leading up to the 5:45 p.m. incident. The Federal Aviation Administration initially said the pilots had reported possible landing gear problems before the landing, but CNN later said that the agency has since retracted that statement after it reviewed air controller tapes.

Southwest confirmed that five passengers and three flight attendants from Flight 345 were being treated for injuries, while CNN quoted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as saying the figure was actually 10 injuries, none life-threatening. WABC in New York also reported that at least 10 had suffered back and neck pain, of whom six were taken to the hospital. Earlier news reports had reported as many as 12 injured.

Airport general manager Thomas Bosco told WCBS that the flight crew were also taken to a hospital for observation, and that a Port Authority police officer was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

The Port Authority told reporters that the plane’s front wheel “popped” while the jet was taxiing, and that the gear then buckled, WCBS said. The aircraft came to rest in a grassy area, the station said.

The plane had 150 people on board, Southwest said in a statement.

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  1. Tesha Runion says:

    It is so very sadful Incident in the newYork Airport during the Aeroplane Landing.

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