Southwest Jet Collapses on Landing, Injuring Five Passengers

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(CNN) — The nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jetliner collapsed after landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Monday, injuring five passengers.

Flight 345, a Boeing 737-700 from Nashville, touched down on Runway 4 and came to a safe stop at about 5:45 p.m. ET, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The blue and orange jet’s nose came to rest on the tarmac.

The plane’s emergency slides were deployed and passengers evacuated the aircraft. Emergency vehicles surrounded the disabled jet at the busy airport which halted arriving flights.

A source familiar with the matter said five passengers were hurt. Their injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The FAA also said initially the crew reported a possible nose gear problem before landing, but later amended that to say that after it reviewed air controller tapes no issues were noted ahead of time.

Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, confirmed an emergency in New York with Flight 345 and said it would provide further details later.

The National Transportation Safety Board was aware of the incident and sent an investigator to the scene.

The incident followed a runway crash of an Asiana jetliner in San Francisco last month that killed three people and injured more than 180 others.

Investigators in that crash will not determine a cause for several months at least but initial attention has focused on actions of the crew during approach.

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