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Several injured after rough landing for Southwest flight at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport

Stranded passengers are handed blankets while they wait at LaGuardia Airport as multiple flights were canceled after a Southwest Airlines 737 plane's nose gear collapsed during a landing, on Monday, July 22, 2013, in New York. Several people wer
Stranded passengers are handed blankets while they wait at LaGuardia Airport as multiple flights were canceled after a Southwest Airlines 737 plane's nose gear collapsed during a landing, on Monday, July 22, 2013, in New York. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: AP
A passenger sleeps while another reads from her phone after being stranded at LaGuardia airport when their flights were cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in New York, on July 22, 2013. Several people were inj
A passenger sleeps while another reads from her phone after being stranded at LaGuardia airport when their flights were cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in New York, on July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: AP
A woman speaks on her phone near a screen that displays information on cancelled flights, after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia airport in New York on July 22, 2013.  Several people were injured when a
A woman speaks on her phone near a screen that displays information on cancelled flights, after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia airport in New York on July 22, 2013.  Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Stranded passenger Danny Nguyen and his dog Lucky wait as they spend the night on the floor of LaGuardia airport after his flight was cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in New York, on  July 22, 2013.  Se
Stranded passenger Danny Nguyen and his dog Lucky wait as they spend the night on the floor of LaGuardia airport after his flight was cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in New York, on  July 22, 2013.  Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Stranded passengers, who had their flights cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing, sit on the floor at LaGuardia airport in New York, on July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 p
Stranded passengers, who had their flights cancelled when a Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing, sit on the floor at LaGuardia airport in New York, on July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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 was carrying 14
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 was carrying 149 passengers and crew. Eight passengers were injured, the airline said. -- PHOTO: AP
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 sits on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport after it made an emergency landing in New York on July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when the plane with 150 people on board, landed without its nose gear, officials said
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 sits on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport after it made an emergency landing in New York on July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when the plane with 150 people on board, landed without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  
This photo provided by Bobby Abtahi, shows what officials say was a plane where the nose gear collapsed during landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday, July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 p
This photo provided by Bobby Abtahi, shows what officials say was a plane where the nose gear collapsed during landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday, July 22, 2013. Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said. -- PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Several people were injured when a Southwest Airlines flight with 150 people on board landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport without its nose gear, officials said.

Eight passengers were injured, the airline said. Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa MacSpadden said the injured passengers and crew on the flight from Nashville, Tennessee, reported back and neck pain.

LaGuardia said it had reopened one of its runways following the incident, which occurred at 5:45 p.m. EDT (5.45am Tuesday Singapore time).  The FAA is investigating the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to look into it.

The airline said passengers had been evacuated from the plane.

“Emergency responders at New York’s LaGuardia airport are assisting with an evacuation of flight 345 after the Boeing 737 arrived this evening from Nashville,” Southwest said in a statement.

NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the agency “will gather more information on the incident from the FAA and the operator and assess the damage to the airplane. From there, decisions will be made regarding any further investigative activity from the NTSB.”

Televised images of the plane showed it surrounded by emergency vehicles.