Distressed Plane Makes Crash Landing in St. Louis Learjet had 8 people aboard By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Mar 4, 2013 1:42 PM CST 14 comments Comments Lambert Field airport in St. Louis is seen in this satellite photo. (NASA via Wikimedia) (Newser) – A distressed Learjet with eight people aboard successfully made an emergency landing in St. Louis' Lambert Field this afternoon after reporting landing gear trouble. Observers on the scene said the landing gear appeared to function. Passengers are disembarking the plane now. Fire trucks, ambulances and emergency crews were on hand in Illinois' Cahokia Airport tarmac, but Lambert Field ultimately had more runway space.