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Plane makes emergency landing in Germany

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  • Plane carrying senior political leader makes emergency landing in Stuttgart
  • Crew encountered difficulties deploying rear landing gear of Fokker 100 jet
  • Pilots made an emergency landing after runway sprayed with foam
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BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A plane carrying a senior political leader and others made an emergency landing at the airport in Stuttgart, Germany on Monday, an airline spokeswoman said.

One passenger suffered a minor injury. A crew member was taken to a hospital for evaluation, said the spokeswoman for Contact Air, which operated the flight. She declined to be named, citing company policy.

The Fokker 100 jet left Berlin with 73 passengers and five crew members. It was preparing to land at Stuttgart when the crew encountered difficulties deploying the rear landing gear.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the pilots made an emergency landing after ground crew had sprayed the runway with foam, the spokeswoman said.

Passengers left plane via emergency slides. One passenger sprained an ankle, and a crew member was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The chairman of the Germany's Social Democratic Party, Franz Muentefering, was on the plane. He was formerly Germany's labor minister, serving in the government of Angela Merkel.

Stuttgart airport was closed to air traffic for several hours after the incident and officials estimate it will take several hours before the runway is reopened.

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