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Private jet catches fire midair, makes emergency landing at Mather

A private jet landed safely at Sacramento's Mather Airport on Thursday without its landing gear. The jet caught fire in midair.
A private jet landed safely at Sacramento's Mather Airport on Thursday without its landing gear. The jet caught fire in midair. Courtesy of Sacramento Metro Fire

Firefighters extinguished a jet that caught fire midair and made an emergency landing Thursday at Mather Airport, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said on Twitter.

Firefighters responded to the call at 11:45 a.m. when the jet landed without landing gear, said Capt. Chris Vestal, spokesman for the fire district. The pilot and copilot were not injured, authorities said.

The Sacramento County Division of Airports Fire Department will take over the scene, he said.

County spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said one runway was closed due to the crash, and county hazardous materials personnel are removing the plane's fuel.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the fire, she said.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

The Bee's Kellen Browning contributed to this report.

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