Monday, May 11, 2015

Breaking: Emergency Landing at LAX Closes Runway; No Injuries Reported, Some Flights May Be Affected

An aerial photo showing the SkyWest CRJ-200 after landing
at LAX without its left main landing gear. Image: KTLA
A SkyWest CRJ-200 (CR2), operated on behalf of United Express, made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this morning after pilots reported issues with its landing gear.

The plane landed without its left main gear extended on Runway 24L, and emergency vehicles immediately surrounded the stricken aircraft, which ended up with its left wing on the runway.

The plane was operating as United Flight 5316 from Monterey, CA (MRY).  No injuries were reported, and the 43 people onboard were able to disembark and board buses to the terminal area.  CR2s typically have a crew of 2 pilots and one flight attendant.

The runway is currently closed, and LAX's official Twitter (@flyLAXairport) tweeted for passengers to check with their airline for up-to-date information about their flights.

Update 10:18am: The aircraft involved is N932SW (h/t: FortFun/Flyertalk)

Update 10:34am: According to ABC7 News, there were 40 passengers and 3 crew members on board = 43 total souls.

Update 2:52pm: According to the LAX Twitter feed, the aircraft is currently being towed off the runway, which will be inspected before reopening.

Update 4:10pm:  According to the LAX Twitter feed, Runway 24L is open and fully operational.  Little to no delays seen on the FAA's airport status page.

Update 5/12, 1:43pm:  CBS SF Bay Area reports that 4 flights were delayed, one diverted, and one canceled.  Also, 31 of the passengers still made it to their connecting flights.

This post will be updated with information throughout the day.

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