Southwest Airlines’ (Dallas) flight WN 345 from Nashville to New York (LaGuardia) operated with Boeing 737-7H4 N753SW (msn 29848) skidded off the runway last night (July 22) on landing at LGA ending up in the grass. After touchdown the nose wheel collapsed on landing, pressing back into the fuselage. Three passengers and five crew members were transported to a local hospital due to back and neck pain. The incident closed the airport and caused severe delays.
Southwest Airlines issued this statement:
Southwest Airlines flight 345 landed at New York’s LaGuardia at 5:40 PM Eastern Monday evening from Nashville. There were 150 people on board including Customers and Crew. Three Customers and five Crew Members were transported to local hospitals—all have been treated and released.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, was last inspected July 18, 2013. The aircraft entered service in October 1999. Southwest is working with both the NTSB and Boeing in a preliminary investigation of this event.
Overnight, the aircraft was removed from the runway. Southwest has resumed full operations at LaGuardia.
We express our utmost gratitude to emergency responders and Southwest Employees who assisted us last night.
In other news, Southwest announced it will introduce new service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, beginning on February 13, 2014.
The new route is the next step in the integration process between Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is AirTran’s top airport in terms of daily departures, and Reagan National ranks eighth. In addition to the once-daily Southwest flight between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., AirTran will continue to operate five daily nonstop flights between the cities.
Southwest is also introducing a new nonstop flight between Baltimore/WashingtonInternational Airport and Dayton International Airport on February 13. Seasonal service between Reno/Tahoe and Chicago (Midway), Las Vegas and Albany, and Long Island MacArthur and Ft. Myers will resume on February 13, 2014.
Top Video: This video shows the aircraft landing.