Damaged regional jet lifted from snow after botched landing

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Workers in Maine have removed a damaged United Express regional jet from deep snow where it came to a rest during a botched landing this week.

A spokeswoman for the city of Presque (presk) Isle confirmed cranes lifted the 50-seat Embraer 145 from the snow Friday. The aircraft was moved to a hangar.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why the jet ended up off the runway at Presque Isle International Airport.

Photos posted on Facebook Friday indicated some of the landing gear had been ripped off during the hard landing Monday. Part of the landing gear ended up stuck in an engine cowling.

Four passengers and a pilot received minor injuries.

The CommutAir-operated flight from Newark, New Jersey, had 28 passengers and three crew members.

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