12 unscathed when plane crash-lands in Telluride, Colo.

Sept. 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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TELLURIDE, Colo., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A plane carrying 10 passengers, including several associated with the documentary "Salinger," and two crew members crash-landed in Colorado Sunday.

No injuries were reported in the afternoon accident at Telluride Regional Airport involving Great Lakes Aviation Flight 7150, The Denver Post reported.

The Hollywood Reporter said the plane's landing gear collapsed, resulting in what one observer described as a "belly-landing."

Weinstein Co. publicity executive Emmy Chang and "Salinger" co-author David Shields were among those on board, the Reporter said.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office said the plane reported "a warning light indicated a landing gear was not locked down" before it touched down and its left gear collapsed. The aircraft "skidded to a halt" shortly after 1 p.m. local time, the department said.

"I'm fine," one passenger told the entertainment newspaper. "A little shaken up but OK."

Airline spokeswoman Monica Taylor-Lee said the crew deployed the gear manually in flight, but it did not hold as the Beechcraft 1900 landed.

One passenger, Boulder lawyer Philip Rosmarin, told the Post the pilot warned the passengers, many of whom were on their way to the Telluride Film Festival, about the problem.

"It's a small plane, so I could see into the cockpit," Rosmarin said. "I could hear the warning buzzer going off. The pilot was trying to burn off fuel, so he flew around for a half hour, and the buzzer kept going off.

"He said the left landing gear wasn't locking, but he thought it would be OK. But he wanted us to know there were rescue vehicles on the runway. I knew he was doing what he could."

The National Transportation Safety Board was to handle the investigation into the accident.

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