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Plane Carrying Vice President Grounded After Hit By Birds While Landing In Santa Barbara

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 11:49am

Vice President Joe Biden's Plane Remains At Santa Barbara Airport, After Problems Force Him To Use Backup Aircraft (Photo By John Palminteri)

(Updated at 2:30, 4:30 p.m.)

Air Force Two, which was carrying the Vice President to Santa Barbara for a fundraiser was hit by a bird as it was landing in Santa Barbara last night. No one was hurt, and officials say no one was in danger.

Vice President Joe Biden attended his private fundraiser as planned today, but when it was time for him to leave, he had to leave his primary plane behind, and use an alternative military plane for his return flight to the East Coast.

An Air Force spokesman says following a bird strike, the safety procedure calls for the aircraft to land as soon as safely possible, to get an assessment of what happened, and to see if there is damage. The Air Force flew in a backup aircraft from Colorado Springs, and as a precaution, it was decided to move the Vice President to that plane to complete his trip.

Crews spent the day inspecting the original aircraft for damage. Because the replacement was carrying the Vice President, as is the custom the alternative Air Force plane assumed the “Air Force Two” designation.

Today’s fundraiser was closed to the public and media, so details of the event aren’t being released.

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