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Nose Down Landing, Southwest Airlines Flight 345


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  • Accident No: DCA13FA131
  • Accident Type: Office of Aviation Safety
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Date: 7/22/2013

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the July 22, 2013 nose-down landing of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m. 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 deployed normally.

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100
keith.holloway@ntsb.gov