Southwest 737 Nose Gear Collapses on Landing, Closes LaGuardia Airport
[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.
[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.
[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.
Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.
There was no fire or explosion.
The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.
As a result of the incident and the runway presence of emergency workers, LaGuardia Airport has completely closed to incoming flights, with delays increasing and diversions expected. Please doublecheck the status of your flight if you're due to depart or arrive to LGA yet this evening.
Above, an image Instagrammed by passenger (and actress/dancer) Simrin Player. Her caption: "Just crash landed in Laguardia airport in NYC!! Thanks be to God that nobody was hurt! Scariest thing ever!!!" Fun fact: Simrin has danced in Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" and Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" videos.
Above, another image from Simrin Player. Her caption: "Here's another shot of the plane. Borrowing my mom's phone now. Mine is dead. We are in the airport now. They are trying to find space for all the passengers to wait."
The above image comes from novelist Nathan Englander, whose flight was nearby the SWA plane as the gear collapsed.
[Photo: @BobbyAbtahi, @NathanEnglander, @nbcnightlynews, @911Buff, @weeddude, @simrinplayerofficial]