LaGuardia Shut Down Following Plane’s Landing Mishap


laguardia-airportAir traffic was shut down at LaGuardia Airport early this evening, after a plane’s nose gear collapsed after landing.

According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia, the front wheel of Southwest Airlines Flight 345 from Nashville to LaGuardia popped while the plane was taxiing. The gear then buckled, forcing the nose to the tarmac.

Emergency crews quickly surrounded the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a ground stop program was in effect, and no flights were arriving or departing at the airport, as of the 6 p.m. hour. The airport technically remained open.

A total of 149 people, including crew, were on board, according to the Port Authority. Six were hospitalized, four of them for anxiety attacks. All the passengers evacuated by emergency chute, according to the Port Authority. Read more at CBS New York.

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