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Southwest plane lands at LaGuardia without nose gear

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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:22 am

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 airlines. The 150 crew and customers 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 in 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."

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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