Entries in Plane (3)


Bird Strike Cripples Plane Carrying Joe Biden

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Air Force Two, a modified Boeing 757 government airplane carrying Vice President Joe Biden, struck birds Thursday night as it was landing at Santa Barbara Airport in California, an administration official told ABC News.

The plane touched down safely without further incident, allowing Biden to continue on his itinerary, officials said.  

The bird strike damaged the official plane making it unable to return to Washington, D.C.  It was later seen under inspection on the airport tarmac.

“The Vice President left Santa Barbara this afternoon as scheduled, aboard an alternate U.S. Air Force aircraft,” the official said.

The alternate plane assumed the designation “Air Force Two” when the Vice President boarded for the return trip, according to military policy.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Rick Perry Flew on Cocaine-Tied Plane While Fundraising Last Quarter

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the final days of a fruitful fundraising quarter, Texas Gov. Rick Perry jetted up and down the East Coast on a private plane with a troubled past.

The presidential hopeful traveled on a plane that was formerly used in a cocaine smuggling scheme, which was busted last November.  An examination of flight logs shows Perry flew on the scandal-plagued plane owned by a California Mexican food conglomerate for a total of 12 flights as he attended several campaign events and fundraisers last month.

A spokesman for Perry told ABC News the campaign was unaware of the chartered plane’s previous destinations.

“We were chartering a plane and not aware of any of the plane’s previous flights,” Mark Miner said in an e-mail.

The flight logs reveal that between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, Perry flew on the plane to Baltimore; Teterboro, N.J.; Washington Dulles International Airport; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Wheeling, W.Va. and Dekalb, Ga. -- all located near fundraisers, which helped Perry net the $17 million he raised in the third fundraising quarter.

Perry also used the chartered plane to fly to New Hampshire, where he participated in two town halls, a meet-and-greet, a chili cook-off and a house party hosted by New Hampshire kingmaker Ovide Lamontagne.  Perry then flew on the plane back to Austin, Texas before using it again to fly to California for more fundraisers.

News of Perry’s use of the plane linked to a drug smuggling ring was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, and it's just one in a series of controversial plane stories emerging this week for the Perry campaign.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Perry underpaid a Texas businessman who provided his jet to the Perry campaign in the last fundraising quarter; the campaign paid only for the seats used by the campaign, not the equivalent of the full cost of a chartered flight.

On Wednesday, the campaign told The New York Times they will reimburse owners of the private planes for the proper amount -- a total that could equal “five figures.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Unpaid Taxes on Plane Could Be Damaging to McCaskill's Brand

Office of Sen. Claire McCaskill(ST. LOUIS) -- Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill has made fighting government waste, pork barrel spending, and corruption the focus of her entire political persona.

In Senate floor speeches she often cites her history as a Missouri state auditor, lists government accountability as one of her top issues and has led the charge to change senate rules to be more transparent.

That's why her admission that she may have improperly charged taxpayers for a flight to a political event on her private plane could be particularly troubling to her brand. McCaskill is up for reelection in 2012 and facing a likely tough campaign.

She quickly repaid about $88,000 to taxpayers for all her flights on the plane, when she was asked about them by Politico earlier this month. But the resulting review of her plane unearthed something more troubling. McCaskill admitted Monday she had failed to pay four years of taxes on the plane -- $287,000 worth.

In a conference call with reporters McCaskill said she will get rid of the plane.

She said there was never a bill for the property tax sent by the state or county because, in an oversight, she had never reported to the county that the plane was being kept in St. Louis.  The plane is owned by a Delaware corporation set up by her husband, the businessman Joe Shepard.

"I know better. As an auditor, I should have checked the documentation. I should have been asking the questions. I shouldn't have assumed that someone was doing it," McCaskill said Monday.

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