Southwest Flight Hard Lands at LaGuardia

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Industry officials say an advisory committee is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its restrictions on airline passenger use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock)

Industry officials say an advisory committee is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its restrictions on airline passenger use of smartphones and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock)

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NEW YORK — The FAA says the front landing gear of a plane arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed shortly after the plane touched down on the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration originally reported the gear collapsed as the plane landed Monday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says they have ‘several’ accounts of people reporting physical injuries. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. Officials say four people suffered anxiety attacks.

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

The FAA says the Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville landed at 5:45 p.m. Monday and safely came to a stop on the tarmac. The nose of the plane could be seen on the ground. The plane, which was carrying 149 passengers and crew, was surrounded with emergency vehicles.

The FAA is investigating.

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