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Landing gear collapses on Southwest flight

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Plane landed at LaGuardia airport without nose gear Monday evening. (Source: CNN) Plane landed at LaGuardia airport without nose gear Monday evening. (Source: CNN)
A view of the Southwest plane from the window of another plane. (Source: WXIX/K. Roach) A view of the Southwest plane from the window of another plane. (Source: WXIX/K. Roach)
A landing gear appeared to collapse on a Southwest flight landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday. (Source: WABC/CNN) A landing gear appeared to collapse on a Southwest flight landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday. (Source: WABC/CNN)

(RNN) – A Southwest jetliner's front landing gear collapsed while landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday evening, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

CNN reported 10 people suffered minor injuries.

‪"Planes are starting to move around the airport. Expect major delays and cancellations throughout the night," LaGuardia Airport posted on Facebook.

The Boeing 737 was on its way from the Nashville International Airport to New York and landed around 5:40 p.m. ET.

Flight 345 was carrying 149 people, 143 passengers and six crew members. 

According to a Southwest Airlines news release, eyewitness reports indicated the aircraft's nose gear collapsed upon landing.

"From what we know, the aircraft landed on runway 4 and its landing gear collapsed. The nose wheel specifically collapsed and the aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose and then veered off and came to rest in a grass area between the runway and taxi foxtrot about halfway down the runway," Thomas Bosco, the airport's general manager said in a news conference.

The front of the Boeing 737 could be seen resting on the runway with the emergency chutes deployed. Witnesses reported seeing passengers exit the plane on the chutes.

Fire department vehicles surrounded the jet on the tarmac.

Passengers were then bussed to the terminal from the airfield, officials said.

All runways at LaGuardia International Airport were closed as a safety precaution, but the airport was back open for arrivals by 7 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York, which manages the airport, said, "we hope to have everything opened Tuesday morning."

The FAA is currently investigating and The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident.

According to the FAA, there were no issues with the nose gear noted before the landing.

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