Southwest Landing Gear Fails, Sends Plane Skidding at LaGuardia

by Ryan Hauck | July 23, 2013 12:33 pm

The front landing gear of Southwest (LUV[1]) Flight 345 collapsed at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning as the Boeing (BA[2]) 737 tried to land, causing the plane to skid across the runway.

Of the 155 passengers on board, six were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, while four more were treated at the scene, according to ABC news[3]. Four crew members were also hospitalized for evaluation.

The crash resulted in the cancellation of more than 150 flights to and from LaGuardia and widespread delays averaging 90 minutes, USA Today reports[4]. The delays continued up to three hours after the Port Authority removed the plane from the runway.

Reuters reports[5] that in addition to investigations by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, Boeing and United Technologies (UTX[6]) – the company that manufactured the landing gear – are looking into the cause of the accident. A spokesperson for Southwest said that the plane in question had been inspected on July 18.

The incident is the third involving a commercial Boeing aircraft in the past month. The fatal crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 was followed six days later by a cabin fire on a vacant Boeing 787 Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.

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