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Plane’s landing gear collapses in N.Y.

Passengers exited a Boeing 737 after its landing gear malfunctioned at La Guardia Airport in New York.


Passengers exited a Boeing 737 after its landing gear malfunctioned at La Guardia Airport in New York.

NEW YORK — The front landing gear of a jetliner arriving at New York’s La Guardia Airport collapsed Monday shortly after the plane touched down on the runway, injuring several people, officials said.

The Southwest Airlines flight, which departed from Nashville, was carrying 150 passengers and crew.

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Six passengers were 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 area airports. The six crew members were taken to a hospital for observation.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 345 landed at 5:45 p.m., and came safely to a stop at the edge of the runway. The nose of the Boeing 737 was on the ground.

The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating shortly after 7 p.m. The FAA is investigating, as is the National Transportation Safety Board.

Richard Strauss, who was on a plane waiting to take off for Washington, said the nose of the plane was ‘‘completely down on the ground. It’s something that I’ve never seen before. It’s bizarre.’’

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