The Glendale, Ariz. Public Information Officer has informed me that the information I initially provided is inaccurate. The plane carrying the two secret service officers was actually involved in a "hard landing" in nearby Peoria, Ariz., according to the PIO. As you can read in the original post below, the source of my information was the campaign, which has yet to issue a correction. My apologies for sharing faulty information. Here is the Glendale PIO’s full email:
Hello, I have to inform you and request that you correct an article that Matt DeLong wrote about a plane carrying Secret Service agents landing in Peoria, Arizona.
He wrote in his article that a plane "crash landed in Glendale, Az."
This is not the case. The plane had what was called a, hard landing, in Peoria, Az., not Glendale.
Please print a retraction.
Public Information Officer
Glendale Police Department
KENNER, La. — A plane carrying two U.S. Secret Service agents en route to a possible McCain campaign event site has crash landed in Glendale, Ariz., near Phoenix. No one was injured. McCain Campaign Communiciations Director Jill Hazelbaker issued the following statement:
“Earlier today a plane carrying a pilot and two United States Secret Service agents crash landed in a field in Glendale, Arizona, en route to a potential McCain event site. John and Cindy McCain have expressed their deep concern for those involved and we are all thankful that none of the passengers suffered serious injuries.”
Secret Service agents are omnipresent on the campaign trail. This is one of the risks of flying all over the country on a daily basis. Fortunately, this was one of the rare instances where everyone involved actually survived a plane crash.
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