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Perdue's plane makes emergency landing

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- A state plane with Gov. Bev Perdue on board made an emergency landing Friday afternoon at Raleigh Durham International Airport, according to WTVD-TV in Raleigh. No one was hurt in the incident.

WTVD reports according to radio traffic to the control tower, there was a problem with the aircraft's landing gear.

Perdue's press secretary Chris Mackey said Perdue was on her way to make a jobs announcement in Davie County when the plane experienced unusual vibrations as the landing gear was retracted after takeoff. A warning light also came on.

The plane, shown above in a stock photo, returned to the airport and landed without incident. It was being inspected by maintenance personnel.

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Fiscal responsibility

With the budget problems we've had in NC lately, along with decreased revenue, it is probably time to retire most of the fleet of State aircraft in the interest of fiscal responsibility. Commercial and chartered air transport is far more cost effective.

Go Bev Go

Many of you in the Wilmington area might like to know that the Govenor was headed for High Point this morning to help Ashley Furniture announce the building of a new manufacturing and distribution facility for Davie County. The est. jobs are between a min of 500 to a possible 1,000. I find it amazing that companies find prime locations in Senator Phip Bergers back yard but they just can't get cozy with south eastern NC. I guess Davie County is so much closer to a port facility than Leland.