Aircraft lands nose first in US

A Southwest Airlines aircraft landed with its nose on the runway after its landing gear collapsed soon after touching down. Landing at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City, the flight originated in Nashville and was carrying 149 passengers and crew, with ten reported to be injured. Travelers were forced to sleep at the airport after a series of flights were cancelled as the result of the unorthodox landing
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A Southwest Airlines flight remains on runway 4 after the plane's landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down on the runway, at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
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A Southwest Airlines flight remains on runway 4 after the plane's landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down on the runway, at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
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Southwest Airlines Flight 345 remains on runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. At least 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
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Ron Levin and his daughters Cheyenne Levin, 11, and Taylor Levin (not pictured), 15, all from Fort Lauderdale, prepare to sleep in a terminal after their connecting flight through Chicago was cancelled on their way home after Southwest Airlines Flight 345's landing gear collapsed shortly after landing on runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth (L), and Paola Bordon, both from Chicago, look at photos of themselves as they pass time following the learning that their flight home was cancelled after Southwest Airlines Flight 345's landing gear collapsed shortly after landing on runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
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Southwest Airlines Flight 345 remains on runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York City. The flight, which originated in Nashville, landed at 5:45 p.m. and was carrying 149 passengers and crew. A reported 10 people were injured. (Getty Images)
Tue 23 Jul 2013 11:41 AM