Raw: Emergency crews on standby after plane has problems at Cahokia airport


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 10:48 PM

(KMOV) – A plane was attempting to land at Parks Airport in Cahokia, Ill. after its front landing gear did not extend properly Monday afternoon. It then headed to Lambert Airport in an attempt to make an emergency landing.

Officials told News 4 the Lear Jet wanted to land when the pilot called the airport’s tower and said something was wrong.

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 are 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 to make an emergency landing.

Multiple fire departments were on the scene at Parks Airport as the plane was expected to have to crash land because of the landing gear issues.

Officials said multiple emergency medical agencies were on standby.

It was not immediately known where the flight was coming from.