Landing Gear Fails On Delta Flight

A jetliner carrying 58 people skidded off a runway into a muddy patch of grass after its main landing gear collapsed as the plane arrived at La Guardia Airport from Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

All the passengers were evacuated and there were no serious injuries, officials said.

The Delta Airlines aircraft, operating as Flight 554, was landing in heavy rain at about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occurred, Tracey Bowen, a Delta spokesman, said.

The accident forced the airport to close and it was not expected to reopen until this morning.

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