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Learjet makes safe 
emergency landing

ST. LOUIS – A Learjet with landing gear problems circled an airport outside St. Louis for about an hour and a half Monday before it was diverted to St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, where it safely made an emergency landing.

Eight passengers and pilot walked off the small aircraft and were shuttled away soon after. No injuries were reported, officials said.

The business-class Learjet 45 was headed from Wooster, Ohio, to St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill., when it reported trouble with its landing gear just before noon CST, airport officials said. Emergency crews with fire trucks and ambulances gathered at the Cahokia airport as the plane circled overhead to burn off fuel before attempting a landing.

Then the plane was sent to the St. Louis airport, which is better prepared for an emergency landing, said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of the St. Louis airport. Cahokia is 5 miles south of St. Louis.

The aircraft’s front landing gear was bent when it touched down, but FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said it did not collapse. The pilot gently steered the plane off the runway under its own power a short time after the landing.

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