The Latest: USAF plane makes safe emergency landing in Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a military aircraft making an emergency landing in Reno (all times local):
A military transport plane on a mountain training mission in Nevada made a safe emergency landing at Reno-Tahoe International Airport after experiencing a problem with its landing gear shortly after takeoff.
The U.S. Air Force C-130 with 14 people on board the plane circled the area for more than a half hour to burn off fuel before making an emergency landing about 10:40 a.m. Monday.
No one was hurt. Crews are inspecting the aircraft.
Nevada Air National Guard spokesman Emerson Marcus says the plane is based at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. It was temporarily based at the Nevada Air Guard headquarters at the Reno airport as part of an assignment with the Advanced Mountain Airlift Tactics School.
Officials at Maxwell Air Force Base did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The mountain training often includes flights along the Sierra Nevada and northern Nevada’s high desert in areas resembling parts of Afghanistan.
Authorities say a military aircraft having a problem with its landing gear has safely made an emergency landing at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Nevada Air National Guard spokesman Emerson Marcus told the Associated Press in a text message that the plane landed safely Monday morning after circling overhead for at least 30 minutes. Marcus did not immediately offer more details.
The aircraft does not belong to the guard, which has a base in Reno.
Lt. Marie Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base, said the aircraft did not appear to be one of theirs.
Messages left with Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base were not immediately returned.
Emergency crews have gathered at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport as a military plane circling overhead prepares for an emergency landing.
Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says the plane has a problem with its landing gear and is trying to burn off fuel before attempting the landing.
Kulpin told The Reno Gazette-Journal that the aircraft took off Monday morning from the Reno airport but immediately circled back.
Reno Fire Chief David Cochran said the aircraft has 14 people on board.
Nevada Air National Guard spokesman Emerson Marcus says the C-130 aircraft does not belong to the guard.
A phone message left with Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base inquiring about the plane was not immediately returned.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com