11 injured after plane’s landing gear collapses at airport

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NEW YORK-  Officials are confirming eleven people were injured when an airplane’s landing gear failed during a landing at LaGuardia Airport.

Southwest Flight 345 landed nose first at LaGuardia when the landing gear collapsed.

It skidded down the runway, sending debris and sparks flying into the air.

Stephen Czech said, “I was reading and all of a sudden I heard the pilots go ‘Holy cow!’ and they start swearing. I just looked up and looked to the right, out the right side of the plane and there was just this fireball.”

The plane finally came to a stop and Port Authority crews rushed to the scene.

They were able to help the 143 passengers and six crew members safely get off the plane using inflatable chutes.

Among the injured, six passengers and five flight attendants.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened.

The Port Authority says there were no calls for help as the Southwest flight from Nashville approached, only after the plane touched down and the nose wheel collapsed.

Currently, the disabled plane is causing a delay of at least two hours for planes flying into LaGuardia.

Officials say they hope to have the entire airport running normally Tuesday afternoon.

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