DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Authorities say a small private jet co-owned by Charlie and Dick Monfort had three people on board when it was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport.
The pilot reported a blown tire on the Hawker HS25B’s landing gear.
Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says the aircraft took off from Centennial Airport about 10 miles southeast of Denver at 11 a.m. Wednesday and circled DIA for several hours to burn off fuel in preparation for the landing. The plane landed safely just before 3:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Montgomery says the jet touched down without its landing gear down, causing smoke and sparks. Emergency crews sprayed the area around the plane with foam.
The runway was closed, but Montgomery says the emergency would have little effect on other flights. He didn’t know where the plane was headed.
The NTSB will determine on Thursday whether it will join the investigation.
The Monfort brothers own the Colorado Rockies. Rockies spokesman Jay Alves told CBS4 the plane is operated by Mayo Aviation and wasn’t on team business and didn’t know the identities of the people on board.
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