Sat, Oct 14, 2006
Makes Emergency Landing On Interstate
It was, perhaps, not the best way to
endear himself to possible voters... but Max Linn, former flight
instructor and current Reform Party candidate for governor of
Florida, had little choice but to land his plane on Interstate 4
near Orlando Friday afternoon, after the Cessna 172 experienced
apparent engine failure.
Tom Macklin, Linn's running mate, told the Associated Press Linn
left St. Petersburg Friday bound for Orlando, but opted to
land in Lakeland after experiencing unspecified problems with the
plane. Macklin said after the plane was checked, Linn decided
to continue flying to Orlando.
The plane experienced engine trouble about 45 minutes later,
Macklin said, forcing an emergency landing on the interstate. The
plane appears to have suffered little damage from the ordeal,
according to the AP.
The incident closed a lane of the major east-west interstate
through central Florida for an hour, according to police dispatch
reports. Crews were eventually able to push the plane into the
median to clear the roadway.
Campaign assistant Nora Wing said Linn was heading from Lakeland
to Orlando to drop off campaign materials, and rented the plane
from a St. Petersburg flying service as Linn's plane was in the
Polls show Linn trailing Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat
Jim Davis leading up to the November 7 election to succeed Jeb Bush
as governor of Florida.
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