Telluride runway closes after landing gear failure

A runway of the Telluride Regional Airport was closed after the landing gear of an airplane carrying 12 people failed on Sunday.

No one was injured when the Great Lakes Airlines passenger plane skidded to a stop on the runway and the 10 passengers and two aircraft personnel walked away unharmed after the 1 p.m. incident, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department.

The aircraft sustained damage to its left engine propellers and left wing. The runway was closed until a maintenance crew from the airline could retrieve the aircraft, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Several entertainment-related websites reported Sunday that some of the passengers aboard the plane were working on the “Salinger” documentary about the life of writer J.D. Salinger. The plane was heading to Telluride to present the film at the Telluride Film Festival, the websites said. The film festival is slated for the Labor Day weekend.


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