LGA grinds to halt after landing gear malfunction

EAST ELMHURST — National safety regulators are eyeing the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded across a LaGuardia Airport runway Monday evening after its front landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the mishap, which caused the Boeing 737 to skid 2,175 feet on its nose across the tarmac shortly before 6 p.m., injuring nine people out of the 150 passengers and crew on board, according to a Reuters report.

LaGuardia Airport was temporarily shut down Monday evening as crews attended to the crippled aircraft, which ground to a halt after the nose wheel crumpled back under the fuselage.

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