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Germany-bound plane dumps fuel, returns to Philly airport after landing gear problem

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PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a landing gear problem prompted a plane bound for Germany to return to Philadelphia after dumping fuel.

Airport officials said Lufthansa Flight 427 took off at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, but an indicator light alerted the pilot to a problem with the landing gear, which hadn't retracted.

Officials said the pilot flew over Chester County trying to get the gear up, but the efforts failed.

So the plane dumped fuel for another 45 minutes in order to get down to a safe landing weight, and touched down at Philadelphia International Airport about two hours after departure.

Officials said there were no injuries to the crew or 270 passengers, who were accommodated in hotels for the night and were to continue their trip Monday.

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