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Plane lands without gear at LaGuardia

No fatalities in Monday’s crash

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

The nose gear collapsed on a Southwest Airlines aircraft as it touched down at LaGuardia Airport Monday evening, emitting a ball of flame from its hull as it screeched to a stop.

Flight 345 from Nashville landed at the Elmhurst airport at 5:40 p.m. with faulty landing gear, officials said.

There were no fatalities.

The emergency response team treated five passengers and three flight attendants on the runway, according to the airline. The 150 crew and passengers were evacuated from the plane using an emergency chute, according to the Port Authority.

Passengers heard a loud bang and felt the abrupt jolt of an unusual landing. As the aircraft skidded, smoke began to seep into the cabin.

“I can’t believe after today I can say I survived a plane crash,” New Yorker Anna Ditchev tweeted at midnight. “Crazy.”

The crew sprayed foam on the nose of the plane and shut down the airport during the incident. LaGuardia was running normal by Tuesday morning.

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