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Two Air Force One Pilots Are Grounded

January 31, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

The Air Force has grounded the two pilots of Air Force One involved in an incident that led to President Clinton's plane becoming mired in the mud at an Illinois airport. The Air Force pilots are part of the 89th Airlift Wing based at Andrews Air Force Base. Master Sgt. Rick Corral, a spokesman for the wing, declined to identify the pilots. The incident occurred after the president had flown to Urbana, Ill., for several post-State of the Union appearances at the nearby University of Illinois. His plane got stuck as it taxied to a runway for a flight to Wisconsin. Clinton switched planes and returned home safely later in the day.

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