Plane with landing gear problems lands safely at Lambert Airport


by staff

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 10:48 PM

(KMOV) – The Federal Aviation Administration says a small aircraft carrying eight passengers with landing gear troubles safely landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says the Learjet 45 landed “without incident” at 1:32 p.m. Monday.

The plane was attempting to land at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill. Monday after the pilot said the jet’s front landing gear did not extend properly.

The plane did a flyby and airport officials confirmed the nose gear was sideways, which was preventing the plane from landing properly.

Authorities said eight people were on board the plane.

The plane was circling above the airport runway as its pilot figured out a way for it to land. According to officials, the plane was burning off fuel at a high rate.

Officials said after nearly an hour of looking for a place to land at the Cahokia airport, the pilot headed to Lambert Airport, where it made a successful emergency landing.

St. Louis airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says no one was injured and the passengers were happy to see the bus and get off the plane. The damage to the plane was still being assessed.

Emergency crews awaited their arrival at both Lambert and the Cahokia airport because it was not known where the plane would land.

The plane took from Wooster, Ohio, earlier Monday. The FAA says the aircraft had no nose gear collapse.

Hamm-Niebruegge says the plane was diverted to St. Louis because the airport is better prepared for an emergency landing.

Prior to the emergency landing, the plane had flown from Houston to Beaumont, Texas, then to Wooster, Ohio. It was scheduled to land at Cahokia before being diverted to St. Louis.