Southwest flight crash lands at Laguardia

UPDATED: A Southwest flight lost its front landing gear upon touchdown. The airport is closed to landings

Topics: Southwest, LaGuardia, aviation, nashville, crash, Accident,

Southwest flight crash lands at Laguardia Southwest plane surrounded by first responders at Laguardia Airport (Credit: Matt Sussberg)

Salon executive Matt Sussberg sends us this picture from Laguardia Airport where eyewitnesses are reporting that a Southwest flight crash landed moments ago, apparently due to a problem with its front landing gear.

Passengers are reportedly coming down emergency chutes now. No word on injuries, more details to come.

Updated 6:11 p.m.: CNN is reporting that the flight was from Nashville. It landed around 5:45 p.m. There are no reported injuries but passengers are still on board. Laguardia Airport is not “accepting planes.”

Updated 6:15 p.m.: Southwest has not yet issued a statement on its homepage or via Twitter. The plane is a 737, according to numerous sources.

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Updated 6:50 p.m.: NBC reports that three minor injuries have been reported and the airport is closed until further notice.

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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