Learjet passengers walk off aircraft in St. Louis

By the Associated Press | March 4, 2013 | 5:30 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eight passengers safely walked off a small aircraft Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport after the pilot reported landing gear troubles that left the plane poised for an emergency landing.

"Everybody was happy to see the bus and to get off the plane," said airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. Officials said no injuries were reported.

Passengers aboard the Learjet 45 inbound from Wooster, Ohio, found themselves in a tense situation. Emergency crews awaited their arrival at both the St. Louis airport and the plane's original destination, St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said the aircraft landed "without incident" at 1:32 p.m. Hamm-Niebruegge said the plane will have to be towed from the runway. The FAA said the aircraft had no nose gear collapse.

The plane was diverted to St. Louis from Cahokia. St. Louis was chosen because the airport is better prepared for an emergency landing, Hamm-Niebruegge said. Cahokia is 5 miles south of St. Louis.

The plane is registered to Aerometro LLC of Houston, Texas.