Plane makes emergency landing at Dulles Airport

WASHINGTON — A plane had to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport Tuesday afternoon after the pilot reported landing gear problems.

A flight headed to Richmond from La Guardia had to make an unexpected stop at Dulles Tuesday around noon. The Delta flight operated by ExpressJet had to land after the crew reported a problem with one of the aircraft’s wheels, said ExpressJet Airlines’ spokesman Jarek Beem.

The plane landed safely at Dulles, and caused no delays to the airport’s operations. The plane was carrying 46 passengers and four crew members

The passengers deplaned through the main cabin door, and the airline transported them to Richmond by charter bus, Beem said.

“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused for our customers,” Beem said in an email to WTOP.

The Dulles emergency landing came around the same time as news that a Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport after the crew reported damage to an engine, fuselage and window. One person died in the emergency landing in Philadelphia.

WTOP’s Carlos Prieto and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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