Runway cleared at Columbia Regional Airport after small plane's landing gear collapses

COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: Four people on a twin engine aircraft were left unharmed after landing gear malfunctioned Monday afternoon.

The Beechcraft Baron had arrived around 2:30 p.m. from Hook Field in Texas.

According to City of Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp, the reason is still unknown as to why the aircraft's landing gear collapsed after clearing the main runway.

One flight to Dallas Fort-Worth, American Airlines 3681, was delayed until 7:30 p.m. while crews worked to remove the aircraft.

The aircraft was towed around 6:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews are working to clear a small private plane from the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport on Monday night after its landing gear collapses.

A request for help from the Columbia Fire Department to help lift the plane came out around 4:15 p.m.

The aircraft had cleared the main runway, when for unknown reasons its landing gear collapsed while taxiing near Central Missouri Aviation hanger.

The number of people on board the plane or if anyone was hurt wasn't immediately clear.

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