Smoke trails plane as it skids to stop in emergency landing 

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.

"It was an incredibly smooth landing. I would say it was actually smoother than some of the landings that I've had with all of the landing gear down. So, really, kudos to the pilot," passenger Traci Reid told Los Angeles news station KABC-TV.

Travelers said the pilot told them to assume the crash position — leaning forward with hands over heads — and to brace themselves.

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

"There was one person who was a little bit upset, but it was very, very calm, and it happened very fast," passenger Dennis Thanasse told the TV station. "There was no time to panic."

Passengers said everybody on the plane burst into applause when the plane stopped safely.

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

"I'm sure I was like everybody else ... all I was doing was thinking of my family, my kids," passenger Jason Spence told the station. "So, just happy to be here."

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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