CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOX) — A two-hour drama involving a Learjet with broken landing gear concluded on a happy tone. All eight passengers aboard walked off a tarmac at Lambert International Airport after the aircraft landed safely.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says the Learjet 45 landed “without incident” at 1:32 p.m. Monday. It had been scheduled to land at St. Louis Downtown Airport (Parks Airport) in Cahokia, Illinois around 11:53 a.m.
St. Louis Downtown Airport Spokesman Michael Penn told KMOX News, the pilot radioed their control tower shortly before noon telling them a “bad front nose gear indicator light” was on.
An emergency was declared. Penn said that is customary in a situation like this.
The twin-engine jet had been in a holding pattern for more than an hour when the pilot decided to land at Lambert.
Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said airport officials were given a 15 minute notice to clear a runway and set-up for an emergency landing. Fire trucks, ambulances and emergency crews were on the tarmac when the jet landed.
Hamm-Niebruegge said no arriving flights or departing flights at Lambert were delayed because of the landing.
The jet took off from Wooster, Ohio and the passengers intended destination was St. Louis.
The plane is registered to Aerometro LLC of Houston, Texas.
- Considering all of the circles on the radar, it appears this is the flight tracker for the Leartjet in question