Plane crash lands without nose landing gear at New York LaGuardia Airport-July-22-2013

A jetliner has crash-landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport after its nose landing gear would not deploy and it was forced to slide along the tarmac on its nose. None of the passengers aboard the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 were injured, according to initial reports by the Federal Aviation Administration. Southwest Flight 345 was bound to New York City from Nashville, Tennessee. Aviation officials halted all takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia after the crash about 5.45pm on Monday. Delayed flyers at the busy New York airport posted photos of fire engines hosing down the nose of the plane. Passengers were forced to stay in their seats and wait aboard the plane for more than 45 minutes before they could be evacuated. It is unclear what caused the malfunction. Aviation officials said the pilots were unable to lower the nose landing gear as the jetliner was coming in for a landing. The rear landing gear on the plane extended normally. Southwest just tweeted the following concerning the incident at LaGuardia: "Standby for more information regarding #Flight345 BNA-LGA. We are gathering details and will post a statement soon." The photo from Abtahi shows the rear slide deployed, and we presume that passengers previously had evacuated the aircraft there (and perhaps the other side as well). According to, the airplane reached the runway at 5:44 EDT, behind its scheduled arrival of 5:10 p.m. Original item posted at 4:59 pm: We learn, from ex-Dallas City Council candidate Bobby Abtahi, that a Southwest Airlines jet has lost its nose wheels at New York's LaGuardia Airport. According to Abtahi, the plane was pulling into a gate when it lost its wheels. It was arriving from Nashville. According to reports via Twitter, passengers are exiting the aircraft via inflatable slides. And NBC is reporting that LaGuardia is currently closed per the Port Authority. Abtahi saw the whole thing: "Crazy," he says, simply, via Twitter, where he first posted the photo below and the Vine seen above. CNN already asked for permission to use the photo and video. Others followed suit. We've got calls out to Southwest's Love Field-based spokespersons. Plane, crash, lands, without, nose ,landing, gear, at, New York, LaGuardia Airport,-July-,22-,2013