Obama’s Plane forced to land when it has public address problems


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — For the second time this summer, a mechanical problem has forced Democrat Sen. Barack Obama to change charter airplanes on short notice.

On Saturday, it was the public address system on Obama’s leased 757 jet that malfunctioned when the plane landed without incident in Terre Haute for a campaign event. Obama aides said federal rules require planes carrying passengers to have working PA systems.

So, when Obama and his entourage of staffers, Secret Service and reporters had to switch to a smaller, 50-seat plane operated by ExpressJet for a trip to Chicago.

The 757 flew to Chicago, too, but with just their baggage. Some Obama aides had to drive to Chicago because they couldn’t all fit in the smaller plane.


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