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LaGuardia Airport Reopens

July 23, 2013

LaGuardia Airport in New York reopened a runway closed by a plane that suffered a collapsed nose wheel on landing, a Port Authority spokesman said Tuesday.

Ten people suffered minor injuries Monday when the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines 737 carrying 150 people collapsed as it landed, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported.

The plane skidded into the grass adjacent to the runway, and rescue maneuvers included deployment of emergency chutes to remove passengers, CNN reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of investigators Monday.

"NTSB to conduct full investigation of nose-gear collapse on Southwest B-737 on landing at LaGuardia Monday," NTSB posted on Twitter, but said there would be no news conference. The plane's flight recorders were under examination in Washington Tuesday.

The airport was fully reopened Tuesday morning, WNBC-TV, New York, reported.

Airport workers removed the plane with the help of a flatbed truck, and the runway was inspected for damage, Port Authority spokesman Chris Valens said.

The closure of the runway, one of two at LaGuardia, initiated two-hour delays of arrivals at the air hub, CNN said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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