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Learjet with landing-gear problem lands safely in St. Louis

March 04, 2013|By Matt Pearce

The passengers and pilot of a Learjet survived a scare Monday afternoon when the aircraft's landing gear developed a problem and forced an emergency landing in St. Louis.

Those aboard were able to walk off the plane unharmed after the jet landed at 1:30 p.m. CST at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, where fire crews were waiting, spokesman Jeff Lea said.

"It did land safely, without incident," Lea said.

The exact nature of the landing-gear problem wasn't clear. Diane Earhart, an administrator with St. Louis Downtown Airport, told the Associated Press that controllers at a Cahokia, Ill., airport tower had confirmed that the plane was "not in proper landing condition."

The flight was bound from Wayne County Airport in Wooster, Ohio, to St. Louis Downtown Airport before being diverted to the much larger Lambert-St. Louis airport, according to data from Flightaware.com.

Real-time flight maps showed the plane circling St. Louis before landing at Lambert.

The Learjet is registered to Aerometro LLC of Houston, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

The FAA did not show any other planes registered to Aerometro, which did not appear to have a public website. The company could not be reached for comment.

Flightaware.com data showed the Learjet had completed several flights over the past week.

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matt.pearce@latimes.com

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