July 28, 2013 - On Friday the National
Transportation Safety Board released additional
information on Southwest Airlines Flight 345
landing at LaGuardia Airport, New York in which
the nose wheel (front landing gear) collapsed on
landing last Monday.
The accident occurred at 5:45 PM after the
twin-engine jet's nose landing gear collapsed
rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging
the electronics bay, which houses avionics and
other equipment. The exterior of the airplane
was also damaged from sliding 2,175 feet on its
nose along Runway 4 before coming to rest, off
to the right side of the runway.
Southwest Flight 345 originated in Nashville.
All 145 passengers and five crew members
evacuated the airplane, with nine being treated
for minor injuries. The airplane's slides