Troubled Learjet prompts Alert 2 at Buffalo Airport

Dignitaries and firefighters attend the ribbon cutting of the new fire station for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Fire Department on August 23, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – An emergency alert was activated at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday after a Learjet 60 declared an emergency shortly after takeoff.

NFTA Spokesperson Helen Tederous tells Cheektowaga Chronicle the plan departed Buffalo around 11:15 am bound for Sarasota.

The plane experienced an issue closing its landing gear door and asked to return to Buffalo.

It landed safety a few minutes before noon after burning off some of its fuel.

The two pilots and two passengers were not hurt.

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