September 7th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

More plane trouble for Obama


Sen. Obama's campaign plane experienced problems again Saturday evening. (Photo Credit: AP Photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (CNN) – For the second time this summer, Barack Obama’s plane had technical issues forcing the senator, his staff, secret service and traveling press corps onto another plane to complete the day’s trip.

In a far less dramatic incident than the first in early July, the press was notified after a press conference Saturday afternoon that the Boeing 757’s public announcement system had broken. Federal Aviation Administration rules forbid planes from flying with passengers onboard if the PA system is down because the crew can’t speak to them.

The campaign scrambled a much smaller ExpressJet Embraer 145 that had to be diverted to Terre Haute to pick up the stranded travelers heading to Chicago. The 757 with Obama’s trademark ‘O’ on its tail followed close behind, passenger-less but carrying everyone’s bags.

On July 7 – with the 757 in the shop for a paint job – the campaign’s loaner MD-80 was forced to land in St. Louis on its way from Chicago to Charlotte because an emergency slide had deployed in the tail cone on takeoff. The plane dipped as if hitting turbulence and the pilots decided to divert because of pitch problems.

It was later revealed that the pilots had told the St. Louis control tower it was an emergency, but minutes later updated their initial report saying the problems had disappeared. The plane landed without incident.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. S. Boatman

    Dont Worry Obama! When You Are Elected President You Wont Have Those Problems! They Take Really Good Care Of Air Force One!

    September 7, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Georgia Peach


    September 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. how

    Obama my family, friends and their friends in North Carolina are praying that you continue to be safe and sound, although you picked a VP that has the experience and knowledge to run our Country (unlike the wrinkly dude with the pit bull) we still DON"T want anything to Happen to YOU.

    I was angry because Oprah caterer to the "rich" and mostly giving other minorities the boot, but now I will watch her everyday knowing the want to be TV celebs (republican pit bull keepers) are not watching. WHY ISN”T SHE TALKING TO REPORTERS…I guess we are dumb enough to believe she can’t handle the media and can’t be experience enough to be VP..ops…is that sexist?…NO it means I LOVE MY COUNTRY TO MUCH FOR A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08..........Clinton 12

    September 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. starfire426

    Plane malfunctions for Senator Obama appear to be a re-occuring issue as of late. Have those responsible for his safety and well-being been vetted thoroughly?

    September 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Arleta McKillip

    Why is it that the talking heads as well as republican women, suddenly are so concerned about negative coverage for Sarah Palin. I didn't hear a word of complaint from any of them when Senator Clinton was being demonized and ridiculed on a daily basis regarding every aspect of her life. Where was their right to privacy? How are we, the voters supposed to be able to know what Gov. Palin stands for, what she believes and what her policies would be if she becomes vice president and/or President, if she refuses any interviews with the mainstream press?

    September 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Belle2

    Speaking of judgment: With all his millions, can't he maintain his plane or lease one with fewer mechanical problems.

    September 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Unhappy Republican now for Obama


    September 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Bush/chenney for Democrats

    We were waiting for a savior to save our country we found Bush as Americans personal sevior. Now Bush as a god that kill and distroy economy will send McCain his son to finish the job. No way, No how, No McCain.

    September 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. MK

    Time for him to buy another plane, we can't have anything happen to either one of them. That would be heartbreaking.

    September 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    Gosh, he saves on energy doesn't he? He hogs it up for himself. Show the citizens how to not waste energy as you jet around polluting up the planet...shouldn't you be leading by example?

    September 7, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. whiteboy for obama

    time for a new plane?

    September 7, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    How long do you think it will take the Children of the Corn to blame this on a Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin conspirousy?

    September 7, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Well, it's better to get it fixed on the ground then to wait until you get in the air. That is not a problem and please do not start to say it's a omen.

    September 7, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. La Raza

    Check McCain's folks. I smell sabotage.

    September 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Max

    I would advise you to fire that plane before it sets you afire. Two warnings are enough. You are living in a very wicked and republicanic world. Be wise and prudent.

    September 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. brian k

    I sure hope the mechanics take care of that plane, because the last thing this country, and this world, needs is to lose an obviously very intelligent and sophisticated politician (Barack Obama). God protect that plane, please. (Protect everybody's plane, of course.) A question before I turn to NFL football: Don't you think it's time Americans stopped the Conservative Base from determining who gets elected President and Vice-President?

    September 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |


    September 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    Please, keep safe Barack.
    This world needs you
    to become a better place.
    So many are of us waiting for you
    to be President.
    God bless you.

    September 7, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. IL

    Belle2............You must be talking about John McCain, with all his 100's of MILLIONS!!!

    September 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Ron M.

    Who cares? Why not a report about the islands ravaged by hurricaine Ike?

    September 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    400 million in his campaign coffers and he flies cheap.

    September 7, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Antoine

    I second that Ted van Tol......

    Please, keep safe Barack.
    This world needs you
    to become a better place.
    So many are of us waiting for you
    to be President.
    God bless you.

    September 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |