UPDATE: 12 Hurt In 'Southwest Plane With Wheel That Just Came Off. Unbelievable' | KERA News

UPDATE: 12 Hurt In 'Southwest Plane With Wheel That Just Came Off. Unbelievable'

Jul 22, 2013

A Southwest jet sits on the tarmac after losing a wheel at New York's LaGuardia airport. Former Dallas City Council candidate Bobby Abtahi took this photo while waiting for his plane to take off.
Credit Bobby Abtahi

Update, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday: Twelve minor injuries were reported when the front landing gear on the Southwest jet collapsed, the Dallas Morning News reports. The paper said six passengers and six crew members were taken to a hospital near LaGuardia Airport.

Update, 6:54 p.m. Monday: Five passengers and three flight attendants were being treated for injuries, Southwest announced. That contradicts an early statement by the FAA that no one was hurt.

The Dallas-based airline also said that the plane, a Boeing 737-700, had its nose gear collapse upon landing at 5:40 p.m. Eastern time.

Update, 5:53 p.m.: Southwest posted a statement confirming that Flight 345 from Nashville has been evacuated in New York.


Original post: A Southwest Airlines plane lost a wheel Monday on the tarmac at New York's LaGuardia airport. A Federal Aviation Administration told CNN that no one was hurt.

Former Dallas City Council candidate Bobby Abtahi saw the incident while he was waiting for an American Airlines flight back to Dallas. He tweeted out a photo and video with the comment "Southwest plane with wheel that just came off. Unbelievable."

Southwest's official Twitter feed indicated that the flight was 345 from Nashville.

The Dallas Morning News is following the story here.