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Smoke trails plane as it skids to stop in emergency landing

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small commercial airliner with 43 people aboard trailed smoke as it skidded along a runway at Los Angeles International Airport after its landing gear failed to fully drop down Monday morning.

Nobody was hurt during the emergency landing by SkyWest Airlines Flight 5316, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The plane's left main landing gear failed to extend as the Bombardier CRJ100 arrived from Monterey, California, Gregor said. Smoke could be seen coming from the left side of the aircraft as it dragged along the runway and skidded to a stop.

Emergency responders checked the 40 passengers and three crew members as they left the plane on a staircase and filed into buses, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

There was no fire, Scott said. But airport delays were expected as the plane got cleared from the runway.

Mechanics will inspect the aircraft to determine what may have caused the problem, SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow said.

The plane, operating as United Express, took off from Monterey around 7:15 a.m.

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