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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing prepares for take-off at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 16. The aircraft is one of two MAFFS-equipped aircraft assigned to assist the Mexican government in fighting wildland fires in Northern Mexico. The MAFFS unit, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, is a pressurized self-contained firefighting system designed for installation in C-130 aircraft without structural modifications to the aircraft.  The system is designed to air-drop fire-retardant chemicals onto wildfires.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing prepares for take-off at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 16. The aircraft is one of two MAFFS-equipped aircraft assigned to assist the Mexican government in fighting wildland fires in Northern Mexico. The MAFFS unit, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, is a pressurized self-contained firefighting system designed for installation in C-130 aircraft without structural modifications to the aircraft. The system is designed to air-drop fire-retardant chemicals onto wildfires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Landing gear problems prompted a California Air National Guard C-130J military transport plane with five people onboard to make an emergency landing at the Colorado Springs Airport.

Crews reported a problem with the landing gear at about 10 a.m. Sunday and circled the airport for about an hour and a half. The plane landed around noon after the crew was unable to resolve the problem.

No injuries were reported.

National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Kimberly Holman says the only damage was to the plane’s right main landing gear. She says the crew was on a routine training mission of practicing high altitude and high temperature landings and takeoffs.

The plane had taken off from Peterson Air Force Base Sunday and was planning to return there at the end of its mission.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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