Flight delays and cancellations persist after landing gear incident at LGA

There were 355 cancellations 563 delays for flights both arriving and departing from (LGA) LaGuardia Airport on Monday, July 22 due to a combination of thunderstorms and the incident involving Southwest Air flight 345. For Tuesday, July 23 as of 6:00am EST there also is an FAA ground delay in affect at LGA that is delaying air traffic an average of 133 minutes. You can monitor delay on the FlightStats Global Delay and Cancellation Tracker.

On Monday, the incident occurred at 5:40PM EST when the landing gear at the nose of the Boeing 737-700 aircraft collapsed upon landing. It is reported 150 people were on board including travelers and crew. Eight people are reported to have sustained minor injuries.

Southwest Air has released this official statement:

Statement Regarding Southwest Airlines Flight 345 – Updated 6:20 pm CDT

Southwest Airlines flight 345 landed at New York’s LaGuardia at 5:40 PM Eastern Monday evening from Nashville. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-700. Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft’s nose gear collapsed upon landing. There were 150 people on board including Customers and Crew. All Customers have been deplaned and transferred to the terminal. Initial reports indicate local responders are caring for five Customers and three flight attendants who have reported injuries at this time. Southwest is cooperating with local authorities, and the NTSB has been notified. 

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