Official: LaGuardia looking to fully re-open

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By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are hoping to have both runways at LaGuardia Airport up and running after the collapse of a plane's front landing gear sent it skidding along the tarmac and caused a temporary suspension of operations.

The nose gear on Southwest Airlines Flight 345 collapsed when it landed at 5:40 p.m. Monday. Officials say 10 passengers were treated at the scene, with six taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating shortly after 7 p.m. It is hoped both runways will be open Tuesday morning.

The FAA is investigating, as is the National Transportation Safety Board.

Dallas-based Southwest says there were 150 people on Flight 345 coming from Nashville, Tenn.

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