At least 10 people were injured Monday after the front landing gear collapsed on a Southwest Airlines flight as it arrived into New York’s LaGuardia Airport from Nashville.
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 Airlines said there were 150 people on Flight 345 coming from Nashville, Tenn., while the Port Authority said the total was 149, according to an article from FoxNews.com
Barbara Goldberg and Jonathan Allen of Reuters report this evening about the Southwest airlines incident:
Southwest Airlines said in a statement that all the passengers and crew had been evacuated from the plane, which took off from Nashville, Tennessee. Airline spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said the jet had been inspected on July 18.
NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the agency “will gather more information on the incident from the FAA and the operator and assess the damage to the airplane. From there, decisions will be made regarding any further investigative activity from the NTSB.”
It was the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing aircraft, which has faced a rash of problems with the recently launched 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Scott Hamilton, an aviation analyst with Leeham Co, said the incident had no connection with Boeing’s recent 787 woes.
“I would characterize this as just another incident. There are tens of thousands of flights worldwide every day, and things happen,” Hamilton said.
Spokesmen for Boeing and United Technologies Corp, a unit of which made the plane’s landing gear, said their companies would also probe the incident.
We have footage of the incident which can best be described as a near crash.