Raw: Plane with problems lands safely at Lambert Airport


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:01 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.

All passengers on board the plane were being transported from the airport on a bus. The damage to the plane was still being assessed.

Multiple fire departments were on the scene at Parks Airport as the plane was initially expected to have to crash land. Officials said multiple emergency medical agencies were also on standby.

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