Plane makes emergency landing in Missouri

The Learjet reportedly experienced trouble with the landing gear.

A private jet with eight people aboard made an emergency landing Monday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Learjet was surrounded by emergency vehicles as it landed Monday afternoon without incident, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said. No injuries were reported.

The passengers disembarked and were put on an airport bus. The plane was to be towed off the runway, KDSK reported.

Air traffic control earlier reported that the Learjet's landing gear was not functioning correctly. Diane Earhart of St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia said the pilot circled that airport to determine when and how to land.

The plane was originally headed to St. Louis Downtown Airport but was diverted to Lambert-St. Louis International, which has a longer runway, KDSK reported.

Cahokia is five miles south of St. Louis, and Lambert-St. Louis International is about 10 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis.

The pilot of the small plane reported trouble about noon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The plane was registered to Aerometro LLC out of Houston, KDSK reported. The plane took off from Wooster, Ohio, on Monday morning and was scheduled to land in Cahokia at 11:53 a.m. Central time, the TV station said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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