Southwest Airlines Aircraft Landing Gear Collapses During Landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York

Emergency vehicles surround the disabled aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines on the runway near Gate D5 at LaGuardia Airport in New York as airplanes line the adjacent taxiways. Photograph by FlyerTalk member penlin.

Ten people were reportedly injured when the landing gear of a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operating as Southwest Airlines flight 345 apparently came off at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
The disabled Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines before emergency vehicles converged onto the scene. Photograph by FlyerTalk member penlin.

One runway at LaGuardia Airport has been closed and will remain so until the damaged aircraft has been removed. The other runway was reportedly re-opened at 7:15 in the evening.
The incident was witnessed by FlyerTalk member penlin, whose photographs taken via mobile telephone are shown within this article.
The flight supposedly originated in Nashville and was scheduled to continue on to Denver. Sparks reportedly emanated from the fuselage as the aircraft landed at approximately 5:40 in the evening and skidded down the runway before coming to rest in a grassy area between the runway and a taxiway. The nose of the aircraft was resting on the grass without its landing gear.
The official statement from Southwest Airlines reads as follows:

“Southwest Airlines flight 345 landed at New York’s LaGuardia at 5:40 PM Eastern Monday evening from Nashville. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-700. Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft’s nose gear collapsed upon landing. There were 150 people on board including Customers and Crew. All Customers have been deplaned and transferred to the terminal. 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 NTSB has been notified.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — under which the three major airports in the New York City metropolitan area operate — claims that there were ten people who were injured; while Southwest Airlines claimed eight people were injured.
No fatalities were reported in this incident, and the aircraft did not catch on fire.
This incident is the latest in a series of incidents pertaining to airline safety, including:

  • A fire which was reported in the interior of a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines on July 12, 2013, forcing the temporary closing of Heathrow Airport near London. No passengers were aboard the aircraft at the time, and no casualties have been reported.
  • The crash of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft — operated as Asiana Airlines flight 214 — while landing at San Francisco International Airport, which killed three people.
  • The crash of a de Havilland DHC3 Otter aircraft operated by Rediske Air were killed at the airport in Soldotna — located approximately 75 miles southwest of Anchorage — which was completely engulfed in flames and killed all ten people aboard as a result.

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