Friday, September 2, 2011
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ATLANTA A Delta Connection flight from Atlanta made an emergency landing Thursday afternoon at Baton Rouge Metro Airport because of a landing gear failure, an airport spokesman said.
No one was injured from the incident involving Flight 5058, said Jim Caldwell. The landing happened about 4:35 p.m.
Caldwell said the left wheel of the Bombardier CRJ-200 never dropped down, but the pilot was able to keep the left wing up long enough so the wing stayed connected to the plane. The wheels under the right wing and nose of the plane functioned properly, he said.
"The pilot did a wonderful job slowing it down," Caldwell said.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which operated the flight, said there were 50 passengers and three crew members aboard. Everyone was safely removed, said spokesman Jarek Beem.
The airline has notified the FAA and the NTSB and will work with them on the investigation into the cause of the landing gear issue, Beem said.
The airport was closed Thursday evening because the plane had not yet been removed from the runway, Caldwell said.