Gore Continues Campaign Swing After Emergency Landing
WACO, Texas (AP) _ A chartered plane carrying Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr. and some members of his Democratic presidential campaign staff had mechanical troubles and was forced to make an emergency landing.
The Nashville Tennessean, which had a reporter on the plane, reported in Sunday’s editions that Gore later boarded another airplane to make appearances in Lubbock and Cleburne before winding up two days of campaigning in Texas Saturday.
″We had our hands full. We sweated to get this thing back on the ground,″ pilot Charles John of San Antonio told the Tennessean. He said the incident was not life-threatening because there was an airport nearby and two trained pilots on board.
The pilots said the electrical system controlling the airplane’s trim tabs, which control the altitude and angle of the aircraft, apparently failed.
The plane, used frequently by the Gore campaign in recent weeks, is owned by a Chicago businessman with no other connection to the Gore campaign.
The aircraft’s troubles became apparent soon after takeoff from Waco airport at about 3:30 p.m. CST Saturday, the newspaper reported. But the pilots managed to circle the airplane back toward the airport.
Also on the airplane were Tom Vickers of San Antonio, the county judge of Bexar County, who endorsed Gore last month; George Shipley of Austin, Gore’s national political strategist; Tom Jarkovich, a Nashville native who is coordinating Gore’s Texas effort; Gore aide David Seivers, also of Nashville; and Tennessean reporter Larry Daughtrey.