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10 hurt as plane’s landing gear collapses in New York airport

The front landing gear of a flight arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed on Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, officials said, sending the aircraft skidding before it came to a halt.

Ten passengers were treated at the scene, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Thomas Bosco, Acting director of aviation for the port authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the area airports. The six crew members were taken to another hospital for observation. Dallas-based Southwest said there were 150 people on Flight 345 coming from Nashville, Tennessee, while the Port Authority said the total was 149.

Bosco said the nose gear of the plane collapsed when it landed at 5:40 pm, and ‘the aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose and then veered off and came to rest in the grass area.’ Bosco said there was no advance warning of any possible problem before the landing. Emergency crews were seen spraying foam toward the front end of the plane on the tarmac.
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