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Plane with gear issue lands safely at O’Hare

Fire crews responded Friday morning as a precautionary measure for an incoming plane with a “landing gear problem,” according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Ground traffic is seen from the control tower at O’Hare International Airport in 2015.
Ground traffic is seen from the control tower at O’Hare International Airport in 2015.
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A small jet with a landing gear issue landed safely Friday morning at O’Hare International Airport.

The pilot of an Air Wisconsin regional jet requested to return to O’Hare for a “landing gear problem” shortly after departure, according to preliminary information from Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory.

The plane — destined for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Okaloosa County, Florida — landed without incident at O’Hare at 11 a.m., Cory said in an email. The jet initially took off from O’Hare at 9:47 a.m., she said.

Firefighters responded to the plane as a precaution, according to Chicago fire spokesman Larry Merritt. No one was transported to a hospital, he said.

Online flight records show the plane turned back to O’Hare when it reached downstate Danville, about 30 miles east of Champaign.

The plane was a twin-engine Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, according to online flight records. The business jet has 36 seats and was last produced in 2006.

Air Wisconsin Airlines flies planes exclusively as United Express in a partnership with United Airlines, according to the company’s website.

The Chicago Department of Aviation and Air Wisconsin Airlines didn’t immediately reply to a requests for comment.