Flight makes emergency landing at BR airport

Published: Sep. 1, 2011 at 9:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Metro Airport reopened Thursday night after a plane with 53 people on board made an emergency landing due to a problem with the landing gear.

Delta Connection Flight 5058 landed at 4:35 p.m. and shortly after, the aircraft's left wing collapsed on the tarmac and passengers were rushed off the plane. There were no injuries reported. The flight was operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

The crew called ahead by radio alerting airport personnel they could not get the left wheel assembly down. Passengers on the plane said they were warned by flight attendants to leave the plane immediately and not to try to take anything, including overhead luggage, with them.

"I said a prayer like everyone else on the plane and that's all you can do under those circumstances," said David Beard. "The crew performed an emergency landing due to a deployment issue with one of the three landing gears," said Jarek Beem, an airline spokesperson. "All 50 passengers on board exited the aircraft safely through the main passenger door, were taken to the passenger terminal and are being accommodated by customer service agents."

Beem added Atlantic Southeast contacted the FAA and the NTSB and will work with them on the investigation into the cause of the landing gear issue.

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