Mon, Feb 23, 2009
Diverts To Columbus After Windshield Cracks Develop
A state-owned Beech 200 Super King Air transporting Indiana
Governor Mitch Daniels made an unscheduled landing in Columbus, OH
Sunday morning after the pilot opted not to continue the flight
from Indianapolis to Washington, DC after cracks began to appear in
the plane's windscreens.
Daniels was on his way to Washington for a National Governor's
Association meeting and an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation"
when cracks formed in one windshield and then the other. Daniels
spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said, "They decided that the best thing
to do was to divert and land in Columbus and not go any
The flight was diverted to Port Columbus International Airport
(CMH) and landed safely just before 9 am. The Associated Press said
Daniels was then transported by the Ohio Highway Patrol to a TV
studio in Columbus for a satellite hook-up to make his scheduled
appearance on "Face the Nation."
After the program, Daniels resumed his journey to Washington, DC
on a commercial flight. "It's not just a job, it's an adventure,"
Rick Barnett, spokesman for the Indiana Department of
Administration, explained such cracks are usually caused by the
over-heating of the windshield heater.
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