Planes Nose Gear Collapses in Landing at New Yorks LaGuardia Airport

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NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Officials say the nose wheel of a Southwest Airlines flight landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed right after the aircraft touched down on the runway.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says 10 passengers were treated at the scene Monday night, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The six crew members were taken to another hospital for observation.

Dallas-based Southwest says there were 150 people on the flight, while the Port Authority says it was 149.

NBC New York has some exclusive footage of the really rough landing:

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 345 from Nashville, Tenn., landed at 5:45 p.m., and came safely to a stop at the edge of the runway. The nose of the Boeing 737 could be seen on the ground.

The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating shortly after 7 p.m.

The FAA is investigating, as is the National Transportation Safety Board.

Richard Strauss, who was on a nearby plane waiting to take off for Washington, said the nose of the plane was “completely down on the ground. It’s something that I’ve never seen before. It’s bizarre.”

A rear stairwell or slide could be seen extending from the Southwest flight, said Strauss, who owns a Washington public relations firm. His plane, which was about 100 yards from the Southwest flight, wasn’t allowed to taxi back to the gate, he said.

Bobby Abtahi, an attorney trying to catch a flight to Dallas, was watching from the terminal and heard a crowd reacting to the accident.

“I heard some people gasp and scream. I looked over and saw sparks flying at the front of the plane,” he said.

The incident came 16 days after Asiana Flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco’s international airport on July 6, killing two Chinese teenagers; a third was killed when a fire truck ran over her while responding to the crash, authorities said. Dozens of people were injured in that landing, which involved a Boeing 777 flying from South Korea.

This story has been updated.