UPDATE-4: Plane’s landing gear collapses after landing in Lexington, closing airport

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A small plane’s landing gear collapsed after it landed this afternoon at Blue Grass Airport, prompting airport officials to shut down the airport to both inbound and outbound flights, according to airport personnel.

The Thursday afternoon mishap stranded hundreds of passengers as flights to Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and other cities were delayed.

Officials spent at least 90 minutes tending to the plane before removing it from the runway at about 5 p.m. Authorities started moving the plane by about 4:50 p.m., prompting stranded travelers to watch the activity out the terminal windows.

No one was hurt in the landing, according to airport personnel.

The plane appeared to land on its two back wheels, and it looked as though the pilot tried to keep the nose of the aircraft in the air for as long as possible. It was not immediately clear what might have caused the landing gear to collapse or if it fully extended.

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