Scary Landing

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 8:02am

Skywest jet skids to a halt on Milwaukee runway after landing gear trouble.

A SkyWest Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Milwaukee late Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Lesik was leaving work at a nearby car dealership when the troubled jet passed overhead.

"As it flew over top of me, I looked back up and right underneath the wing you could see the wheel still tucked up," Lesik said as he stood at the airport observation park. "It never actually came down."

General Mitchell International Airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe says the crew had notified the airport about 10 minutes before landing Tuesday that only two of the three sets of landing gear would lower.

Passengers said there was no sense of panic aboard the plane.

"The captain came over and said that the landing gear wasn't going to come down, be prepared for a crash landing," said passenger Jonathan Perdue.

Rowe says the plane landed without one set of landing gear at about 5:10 p.m.

No one was hurt, but rescue personnel were ready just in case.

"When it hit the ground, it skidded slightly and it veered to the left just slightly," said passenger Robert Phillips. "That was just because the wing hit. Other than that everything was fine."

A SkyWest statement indicated all 36 passengers and three crew members deplaned safely.

The plane, a CRJ200, was arriving from Omaha, Nebraska.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the agency's investigation will take several weeks.

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