Photo by George Lauby
After the safe landing
Rescue units rushed to the North Platte Regional Airport Sunday afternoon on a report of a passenger airplane that couldn't deploy landing gear. The nearly full 19 passenger Great Lakes Airlines plane circled the airport while rescue crews assembled, but landed safely.
A faulty indicator light was the trouble, not the landing gear, according to Monica Taylor-Lee of Great Lakes Airlines.
The flight crew put the gear down about 20 minutes before the scheduled landing, but the indicator light in the cockpit did not show that the gear was locked in place even though the pilot and co-pilot could see that it was, Taylor-Lee said.
As a precaution, the airlines called for emergency rescue crews to stand by.
The plane landed safely about 2:45 p.m., Taylor-Lee said. As a precaution, an airport tug towed the plane to the terminal building rather than the plane taxiing under its own power.
The plane, a Beechcraft 1900, was arriving from Denver with 17 passengers on board. The airline remained in North Platte Sunday for further inspection, instead of returning to Denver as scheduled.