St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Partially inflated slide forced Obama plane to land, says NTSB

St. Louis – The National Transportation Safety Board says a partially inflated evacuation slide forced a charter plane carrying President Obama to make an emergency landing in St. Louis during the 2008 campaign.

The incident happened in July 2008. The NTSB released its report today.

The report says a cover on the tail cone evacuation slide of the chartered M-D 81 was not secure. That allowed the slide to partially inflate. Shortly after take-off from Chicago, the report says, the pilots had trouble controlling the plane and opted to land in St. Louis.

The president was on his way to a town hall forum in Charlotte, North Carolina when the incident occurred. No one was injured.