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    Posted July 23, 2013 by
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    Crush stop in LaGuardia. Hundreds of people hold in taxi position for hours.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     adrianleu, an engineer from Yonkers, New York, was on a plane near the Southwest jetliner whose nose gear collapsed last night. The Southwest plane was slightly behind his, but visible through the windows. He was sitting on the other side of the plane and another passenger let him take these photos. His flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, had already been on the runway for two hours – delayed by severe weather in the southern corridor – and was slowly taxiing for takeoff when the plane stopped “and nobody knew why.” Then someone noticed the Southwest plane on the other runway. Then the airport shut down; they finally took off around 8:15 p.m (about 4 hours after initially boarding). Read more about the incident here on
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    SW plane rest on the nose in LaGuardia after front landing gear collapsed. Hundreds of people were hold on runways in taxi position for hours.


    I board the plane to Charlotte, NC around 4:00pm with a 20min delay blaming bad weather. We've been told we are number 20 for take off and we started a slow taxi. At 5:45 we were still taxiing for takeoff when we suddenly stopped. Around 6:00pm somebody noticed the SW plane on the other runway. I was on the opposite side of the plane so I couldn't see it on my window but everybody was very nervous.


    Around 7:35 we've moved back to the gate since we passed the 3h FAA rule. Some people decided to cancel the trip.


    Eventually around 8:15 we've been one of the few planes that took off to the initial destination.

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