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SkyWest Airlines jet has landing gear malfunction in Ontario [Updated]

May 23, 2010 |  1:56 pm

About 24 passengers traveling from San Francisco to Ontario on Sunday morning were rattled when their aircraft had a landing gear malfunction, forcing pilots to perform a nose-gear-up landing at Ontario International Airport. No injuries were reported.

Officials with SkyWest Airlines confirmed the incident in a statement Sunday. At least 24 passengers and three crew members were aboard United Express Flight 6467, operated by SkyWest, airline officials said.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.: Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the crew could not get the nose gear down and landed with the nose gear retracted at 10:16 a.m. The FAA is investigating, he said.]

The jet is a Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200, which seats about 50 people, said Nicole Key, the airline's spokeswoman. SkyWest Airlines is investigating the incident, officials said.

-- Ruben Vives