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Posted: Monday, November 21, 2005 12:52 pm | Updated: 7:38 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Nike Inc. corporate jet carrying seven people developed landing gear problems shortly after takeoff Monday but then made a safe emergency landing.

Neither Nike co-founder Phil Knight nor any sports stars were on board, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The Gulfstream jet touched down at 12:11 p.m. at Hillsboro airport, the same airport where it had taken off bound for Toronto around five hours earlier.

The right main landing gear on the jet had become stuck shortly after takeoff but was successfully unstuck and extended after the crew consulted with Gulfsteam.

But a Nike official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Nike President and CEO William D. Perez was among those on board.

Vada Manager, a Nike spokesman, said those on board the Gulfstream V were three senior executives, a fourth Nike employee and three crew members. Nike is the world's largest athletic shoe and clothing company.

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