Bill Clinton's plane diverted by engine trouble in Tanzania

By REUTERS
April 30, 2015 00:25
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An airplane carrying former President Bill Clinton made an unscheduled stop in Tanzania on Wednesday due to engine trouble over the East African country but resumed its trip a short time later once repairs were made, a spokesman said.

Clinton, 68, has been traveling through Africa this week with his daughter, Chelsea, on a tour of projects their family foundation has funded to address hunger, economic development, health care, climate change and wildlife conservation, according to the foundation.

The former president's plane developed a problem in one of its four engines after taking off on Wednesday from Iringa, a city in central Tanzania, on a flight bound for Lake Manyara, a national park in the country's north, said Matt McKenna, a Clinton spokesman.

"Because of the airline's protocols, they landed and quickly repaired the engine," McKenna said. "The aircraft was on the ground less than 45 minutes and then back under way."

He added that Chelsea Clinton was not aboard the flight with her father.

CBS News reported the plane was a Canadian turboprop Dash 7, and made its unscheduled landing at a fueling station in the city of Dodoma, roughly midway between Iringa and Lake Manyara.

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