Passengers shaken after plane's landing gear collapses at LGA - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Passengers shaken after plane's landing gear collapses at LGA


Travelers at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks said they're a bit shaken up after a plane's rough landing at LaGuardia International Airport in New York City Monday afternoon.

The incident isn't causing any issues at BDL, but passengers said seeing another plane have an issue while landing at an airport is unsettling.

"The nose wheel collapsed, and immediately firefighting crews responded," witness Thomas Bosco said.

Witnesses described what they saw when Southwest flight 345 from Nashville landed in New York City Monday afternoon.

"When (the plane) got over Grand Central Parkway, that's when the went nose down."

Sparks and flames were seen coming from under the plane as it skidded down the runway.

"It landed on its nose and it started skidding," witness Melinda Andujar said. "Sparks came out and then it got on fire. But it was only the front."

Emergency crews evacuated the 150 people who were onboard.

Ten people were treated at the scene, and six others were taken to the hospital.

The airport was closed after the rough landing, but one of the runways reopened within an hour.

"We're still assessing the damage to the runway, and the aircraft still has to be cleared for the runway safety area," LaGuardia Airport official Thomas Bosco said.

This is the second time this month an aircraft had issues while landing at an airport. On July 6, three people were killed and dozens were injured when an Asiana Airlines flight came in too low at San Francisco International Airport.

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