A Boeing 737-700 belonging to Southwest Airlines , with registration number N753SW performing a flight from Nashville to New York (Southwest 345) landed on runway 4 at 17.45 however the nose gear collapsed during landing. The plane was carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members and landed on La Guardia’s airport.
After this incident, the ATC became panicked and he instructed all planes that were on approach to go around to avoid any future problems on the runway. This Southwest crash landing happened after touch down when the nose gear collapsed. 5 passengers and 3 crew members received injuries in the evacuation and they were taken to hospitals. The aircraft sustained susbtantial damage.
Southwest Airlines confirmed a nose gear collapse.
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5 things you need to know about Southwest 345 landing problem
- There are at least 3 injuries – many of the passengers suffered panic attacks.
- The plane nose gear malfunctioned.
- One runway has reopened.
- Flight originated from Nashville.
- This plane incident comes just 2 weeks after Asiana 214 crash landing.
News reports on Southwest 345:
A passenger recorded the landing of Southwest on LaGuardia Airport:
A passenger declared:
“He sped up right before he came over the tarmac. As we came down it seemed like we came down at least 20 feet,”
Longtime pilot Patrick Smith, author of “Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers, and Reflections” and AskthePilot.com, said landing gear incidents are not high on the list of worries for pilots.
“It doesn’t happen very often but I need to emphasize just how comparatively minor this is and how far, far down the hierarchy it is,” he said. From a pilot’s perspective, this is nearly a non-issue. They make for good television, but this is far down the list of nightmares for pilots.”