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Louisville-bound medical flight makes unscheduled landing

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The Phoenix Air Group LearJet 35 after landing at Cape Girardeau, MO. The Phoenix Air Group LearJet 35 after landing at Cape Girardeau, MO.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (WAVE/KFVS) - A plane heading to Louisville on a medical transport flight had to land in Cape Girardeau, Missouri after an indication of an engine problem.

According to Raycom News Network station KFVS, the flight was traveling from Tulsa to Louisville with an indicator light came on. The crew shut down one of the engines and was able to land safely at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport around noon CDT (1 p.m. EDT).

Dent Thompson, vice president of operation for Phoenix Air Group, the owner of the jet, said the LearJet 35 was flying at over Missouri when the crew received a high temperature warning from a sensor in the right hand engine. Following procedures, Thompson said the crew notified air traffic controllers of the problem and the need to land at the nearest airport.

Thompson said an emergency was never declared by the flight crew, but because of the need to fly in controlled airspace their request for immediate landing was treated as such by air traffic controllers.

KFVS said six people, including the patient, were aboard the aircraft. A second jet from Phoenix Air Group was sent to Cape Girardeau to get the patient and continue the trip to Louisville.

Thompson said a Phoenix Air Group maintenance team was also being sent to Cape Girardeau to correct the problem and return the jet to service.

Emergency crews were on standby during the landing.

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