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LGA Runway Reopens After Plane Makes Hard Landing

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The Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday has been moved to a hangar, and the runway where it landed is now open again.

Crews moved the Boeing 737 to LaGuardia's hangar 5, allowing the runway to reopen about 12 hours after it was closed.

Southwest flight 345 from Nashville was touching down shortly before 6 p.m. Monday when the nose wheel on its landing gear collapsed.

Investigators say the wheel punched right through into the nose of the plane, damaging the electronics inside.

Airport officials say there was no indication anything was wrong with the plane before the landing.

The plane was carrying more than 140 passengers and crew.

Six passengers suffered minor injuries, and the six crew members were taken to local hospitals for observation.

Four of those crew members have since been discharged.

Some flights were delayed or cancelled Tuesday to work around the removal of the jet, causing headaches for passengers.

"I received a text message saying your flight was completely cancelled. I tried to call, I was told there was no flights going out at all. They're all booked, blah blah blah. So I just got on a cab and came here to see if I can get out today," said one airline passenger.

"I mean, I'm happy to get on a flight though. I'm trying my best to get on an earlier flight, so I can make my plans for tomorrow," said another airline passenger.

Airport officials say passengers can expect residual delays and should check in with their carriers before heading out.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the collapse.

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