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Plane's front gear collapses in LaGuardia landing

Published: 23rd July 2013 01:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2013 01:00 PM   |  A+A-

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The Federal Aviation Administration says the front landing gear of a plane arriving at New York's LaGuardia Airport collapsed shortly after the plane touched down on the runway.

The FAA originally reported the gear collapsed as the plane landed Monday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says they have 'several' accounts of people reporting physical injuries. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. Officials say four people suffered anxiety attacks.

The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating shortly after 7 p.m.

The FAA says the Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville landed at 5:45 p.m. Monday and safely came to a stop on the tarmac. The nose of the plane could be seen on the ground. The plane, which was carrying 149 passengers and crew, was surrounded with emergency vehicles.

The FAA is investigating.

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