This past saturday (yesterday), a friend and I (Jonathan Birdwell) were taking pics at KTRI, when an Atlantic Southeast Airlines ATR-72 (N636AS) departed. As the airplane lifted off into the air, and I took a few pictures, I noticed that the landing gear was not brought up quickly, as usual when the ATR departs TRI. As the airplane climbed, the gear still was not brought up. At somewhere between 3000' and 5000' the gear was still down, as the plane was still climbing when it disappeared into the clouds. I half expected to see it circle around for landing, but it never returned that afternoon. If anyone could fill me in on what might have happened i would greatly appreciate it. Did the crew bring up the gear manually?
The ATR-72 departed at about 1:45 or so from KTRI, bound for KATL.