By Barbara Goldberg
NEW YORK, July 22 A Southwest Airlines
plane flying from Nashville to New York City landed without its
nose gear at LaGuardia airport on Monday but no one was hurt,
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
Flight 345, which left Nashville, Tennessee, at 1:55 p.m.,
reported possible front landing gear issues as it approached the
airport, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in a statement.
"The plane's nose gear collapsed as the aircraft landed on
Runway 4 at 5:45 p.m. EDT (2145 p.m. GMT)," Bergen said. "The
plane safely came to a stop and no injuries were reported."
The FAA is investigating the incident. The airline said
passengers had been evacuated from the plane, but it did not say
how many people were onboard.
"Emergency responders at New York's LaGuardia airport are
assisting with an evacuation of flight 345 after the Boeing 737
arrived this evening from Nashville," Southwest said in a
statement, without giving further details.
Televised images of the plane, which CNN reported was
carrying more than 100 passengers, showed it surrounded by