Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Liberal campaign grounded ... literally

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MONTREAL — The Liberal party’s campaign convoy was grounded Tuesday night when its aging plane was forced to land in Montreal.

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion’s 29-year-old Boeing 737 leased from Air Inuit was en route from Sherbrooke, Que., to London, Ont., when it made an unexpected stop shortly after 8 p.m. at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.

The pilot told passengers over the loudspeaker that something was wrong with the plane and he needed to land for repairs.

Liberal campaign spokesman Mark Dunn says one of the aircraft’s two generators was losing power, so the pilot decided to land as a precaution.

Dunn says passengers, including Dion, Bob Rae, Liberal staffers and journalists, will likely stay in Montreal overnight.

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