Southwest plane surrounded by first responders at Laguardia Airport (Matt Sussberg)

Southwest flight crash lands at Laguardia

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


Alex Halperin
July 23, 2013 2:00AM (UTC)

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.

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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

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

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