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Friday, August 15, 2008

FOI AT WORK: Obama Plane Had "Emergency"

Control tower tapes show the pilot of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign plane told air traffic controllers he had an "emergency" when he made an unscheduled landing during a campaign trip last month.

At the time, the Federal Aviation Administration and Midwest Airlines, owner of the MD-80 charter airliner, said the landing was not forced by an emergency.

ABC News reported Thursday that tower tapes it obtained through a federal Freedom of Information Act request show that the pilot, who was having trouble controlling the pitch of the plane, told an FAA air traffic controller "at this time we would like to declare an emergency and also have CFR (crash equipment) standing by in St. Louis."

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