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Plane carrying George W. Bush diverted after smell of smoke

From Jake Carpenter and Shawn Nottingham, CNN
updated 4:33 AM EDT, Sun June 16, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former first lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25 in Dallas. Republicans and Democrats alike and world leaders were in attendance today during the official dedication of the facility. First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former first lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25 in Dallas. Republicans and Democrats alike and world leaders were in attendance today during the official dedication of the facility.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The 43rd president was on a plane from Philadelphia to Dallas
  • The plane landed in Kentucky after the pilot reported smelling smoke
  • Bush arrived safely home in Dallas later in the night, his spokesman says

(CNN) -- A plane carrying former President George W. Bush was diverted to Louisville on Saturday night after the pilot reported the smell of smoke.

The Gulfstream IV aircraft was traveling from Philadelphia International to Dallas Love Field airports when the pilot reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit, said Holly Baker, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

She said the plane landed safely in Louisville, Kentucky.

By early Sunday morning, Bush arrived safely home in Dallas, his spokesman Freddy Ford said.

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