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July 7, 2008

Obama’s Airplane Experiences Mechanical Hiccup — ALL Is OK!

  The airplane carrying Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a safe, unscheduled and precautionary landing in St. Louis on Monday after a maintenance issue arose en route from Chicago to Charlotte, N.C.

The plane, an MD-80 Midwest charter, experienced a problem maintaining the proper pitch, or control over keeping the nose at the proper angle, as it was taking off from Chicago, the pilot said. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the plane had a flight control problem.

About an hour after taking off from Chicago, Obama spokeswoman Linda Douglass came to the back of the plane to inform the press of a “minor little problem with the airplane” and said the plane would make a precautionary landing in St. Louis.

Obama was sitting in the front of the plane reading the paper.

Minutes later the first officer came on the overhead speaker and provided more details.

“We detected a little bit of controllability issue in terms of our ability to control the aircraft in the pitch, which is the nose up and nose down mode,” announced the pilot, a first officer whose name was not released in accordance with Midwest policy.

“The autopilot and the aircraft are just fine. As we descended, whatever was inhibiting our ability has now been rectified. However, just for safety purposes we are going to be stopping in St. Louis and making sure that there’s nothing binding our controls. We have full authority of the aircraft. We will not need to brace. It will be a normal landing,” he said.

The landing at 9:51 a.m. CDT, was, in fact, normal.

A mechanic was traveling on the plane at the time, and was inspecting the problem on the ground in St. Louis.

Obama, his staff, the Secret Service entourage and the press sat on the plane as it was being checked out. Lambert Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the airplane had taxied to Signature Flight Support, a facility which handles private jets. 

Please continue to pray for Senator Obama.

Report by AP


  1. Scary stuff. I’m always worried about Barack Obama’s safety.
    Thanks for posting this. Came across your link over at Bruce’s blog.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — July 7, 2008 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. Hey Cats – I really enjoy Bruce’s blog. I just checked yours out – pretty eclectic, I’ll definitely check in daily. The plane ‘hiccup’ is pretty scary even though no one was in anger danger at any time. Talk to you soon!

    Comment by Paulette — July 7, 2008 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for stopping by. I added your blog to my links. Eclectic… well, that sort of fits who I am. There are some other writers that show up on occasion.

    So much to cover and so little time 🙂

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — July 7, 2008 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  4. Cats — other than politics there is so much fun, scary, weird stuff to cover — like you said ‘so little time’ plus I have a job. 🙂

    I’ll add you to our blog roll as well — it’s good to have a community of different but similar ideas!

    Comment by Paulette — July 7, 2008 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

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