(CNN) - A plane carrying Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to Washington made an emergency landing Tuesday after experiencing a series of malfunctions, the governor's spokesman told CNN.
The plane's autopilot, yaw damp and pitch trim all malfunctioned in the first 45 minutes of Crist's flight from Tallahassee, Florida, Erin Isaac, Crist's director of communication. The yaw damp is part of the autopilot system that helps stabilizes the tail, and the pitch trim the craft's up and down movement.
With the plane over neighboring Georgia, the pilot decided to return to Tallahassee, she said.
Isaac said the plane could have continued on its journey with the malfunctioning yaw damp and autopilot, but the pitch trim problem and possibility of other issues surfacing created enough concern for the pilot to bring the plane around.
Crist will try again Wednesday to make the trip to Washington, where he is to participate in a round-table discussion on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, she said.