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NEW YORK (AFP) – Eight people were injured after the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines plane with 150 people on board collapsed on landing at New York’s La Guardia airport.

The accident left the Boeing 737-700 with its nose resting against the runway and forced the temporary closure of the airport, which mostly handles flights to and from other US cities.

The airline confirmed that emergency services had helped with the evacuation of the passengers and crew of flight 345 from Nashville.

“Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft’s nose gear collapsed upon landing,” it said in a statement.

“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 [U.S. aviation safety body] NTSB has been notified.”

Television images showed the plane with its nose angled down to the ground and its evacuation slides out. The fuselage was surrounded by emergency vehicles.

Passengers on board the plane saw sparks flying as the nose scraped along the runway, according to accounts given to waiting relatives and friends.

Planes scheduled to fly to La Guardia were held at their origin airports, while those already en route were diverted to New York’s other hubs, Newark and John F Kennedy, contributing to long delays.

All take-offs were suspended for more than two hours after the incident.

The NTSB said it would be sending an investigator to La Guardia to look into the incident.

Three people were killed and 180 were injured earlier this month when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed while landing in San Francisco.

According to preliminary findings from the NTSB, the Asiana flight crashed because it was flying too low and too slowly as it approached the runway.

The tail of the aircraft broke off as the plane clipped a seawall short of the runway, skidding out of control and quickly catching fire.

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Madison Cawthorn

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The Republican party seems to be having trouble trying to be the Christian Taliban and hating on LGBT people when they’ve got Rep. Madison Cawthorn in their ranks. His presence is making it so much harder for them to suppress their inner self-loathing--homosexuality and moral hypocrisy.

We all know politicians secretly love illicit drugs as much as taking bribes or paying off strippers they knocked up, so you have to give Cawthorn some credit for being honest. However, any creditability as a human he might have goes out the window when you consider his hatred and policies toward the LGBT community while, hypocritically enough, he engages in homosexual acts himself.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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