Perdue unhurt in emergency landing at RDU

Posted April 20, 2012

— A state plane carrying Gov. Beverly Perdue made an emergency landing Friday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after experiencing problems with its landing gear, Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey said.

No one was hurt in the landing, Mackey said.

Perdue was on her way to a furniture industry trade show in High Point to announce that Ashley Furniture plans to open an $80 million manufacturing and distribution center in Davie County, creating 550 jobs over the next five years.

The 1998 Cessna Citation Bravo exhibited unusual vibrations as the landing gear was retracted shortly after the 12:35 p.m. takeoff, and the pilot decided to return to RDU, Mackey said. Before landing, an indicator light regarding hydraulic pressure went on, she said.

As a precaution, the pilot asked to have emergency equipment standing by the runway for the landing, she said, but the plane landed safely at 1:05 p.m.

Maintenance workers were inspecting the plane Friday afternoon.

Perdue planned to remain in Raleigh Friday and attend the opening of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Mackey said.


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  • CrewMax Apr 25, 2012

    I didn't even spill my latte. Good landing!

  • sunshine1040 Apr 20, 2012

    Why should Bev find a nw line of work check out what her state retirement will be after she vacates the office permanently? more then most of the people she was hired to work for will make in 2013? Yes she was hired by the people of NC . Shows how bad our education system really is that we would hire her in the first place.

  • gphotohound2 Apr 20, 2012

    why was she flying to high point .i didn't know it was that far .guess she say that we need a new plane . stay put and do your job.

  • Nancy Apr 20, 2012

    Wonder how long these jobs will last anyway, given that Ashley Furniture filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and closed a lot of stores locally.

    And why are WE wasting money flying the gov out there for this photo op???

    Financial waste!

  • 6869735 Apr 20, 2012

    "I want to know why it's the governor's job to announce what Ashley Furniture plans to do."

    LUNCH! And contributions!

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 20, 2012

    Conferance hookup people, conferance hookup!!!!! If Wake County can install it in the new jail, why can't Bev do something like that? Much cheaper!!!

  • renaissancemon Apr 20, 2012

    I want to know why it's the governor's job to announce what Ashley Furniture plans to do. Doesn't Ashley Furniture have their own spokesmen and press releases and PR people?

  • Rocky2.0 Apr 20, 2012

    Why do we have state planes for the government? She can't be driven?

    What a waste.

  • Killian Apr 20, 2012

    She took a plane to Greensboro? Sometimes, there are just no words for the level of ineptitude in our government.

  • piene2 Apr 20, 2012

    I am so glad she was not hurt!