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American Eagle flight makes rough landing in Colorado

By: The Associated Press
August 12, 2016 Updated: August 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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Passengers disembark from an American Eagle jet at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in this June 2 photo. Courtesy photo.

HAYDEN — An American Eagle regional jet coming from Dallas has landed safely at an airport in northwestern Colorado after the plane's flaps malfunctioned on final approach.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today newspaper reports that firefighters were called to Yampa Valley Regional Airport Thursday for an airplane that was experiencing problems with its flaps, a portion of the wing that extends on takeoffs and landings that allows the plane to travel at slower speeds.

The pilot was able to make a high-speed landing and none of the 58 passengers was injured.

Passenger Candy Shelter says she could smell burnt rubber after the captain slammed on the brakes when hitting the runway in Hayden. She says the passengers applauded when the plane landed safely.

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