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Plane's landing gear issue blamed on faulty instrument

According to a spokesperson at the airport, a private jet was circling the airfield with its landing gear down. According to a spokesperson at the airport, a private jet was circling the airfield with its landing gear down.
The jet landed just before 11:30 a.m. The jet landed just before 11:30 a.m.
The plane is similar to this one The plane is similar to this one
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials say that an aircraft circled the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport while experiencing "landing issues" about 11:30 Tuesday morning before finally landing successfully.

According to a spokesperson at the airport, a private jet was circling the airfield with its landing gear down. Further investigation revealed that there was an indicator light out in the cockpit control panel, meaning that one of the gear wasn't fully down, when in fact, it was deployed.

The FAA was getting ready to call a simulated drill for the airport's certification inspection when the incident happened. "The FAA is riding out on the airfield right now and was about to call a simulated drill and this drill happened to come up, a real life drill, instead of their simulated drill. So he just happened to be here and could see our guys in action," said airport director, Yvette Aehle, 

At least two people were on the craft, which was later said to be a Cessna Citation jet.

Officials say Albany was the final destination of those on board.

According to FlightAware.com, only three flights had arrived at the airport so far when the issue happened.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is a non-hub commercial service airport with approximately 30,000 annual operations each year.

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