After engine scare, first lady's trip resumes Monday
November 10, 1997
Web posted at: 5:17 a.m. EST (1017 GMT)
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland (CNN) -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will resume her trip to the former Soviet Union Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after engine trouble forced the plane carrying her to turn around.
U.S. officials said Mrs. Clinton would leave around
2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT). A frayed wire in one of the engines forced the Boeing 707 to return to Andrews Air Force Base shortly after takeoff Sunday.
An official on board the plane said a light indicator
signaled that there was a problem with an engine about 15
minutes after the plane lifted off. The crew shut down the engine, dumped the plane's fuel and returned safely to the base at about 9:55 p.m.
A half dozen fire trucks met the plane carrying the first
lady and her entourage. No one was injured.
The plane carrying Mrs. Clinton had been used as Air Force
One during the Nixon administration.
The first lady was on the first leg of a nine-day goodwill
tour of Central Asian nations that were once part of the
Soviet Union. The aircraft was scheduled to be refueled in
Shannon, Ireland, before heading to Almaty, Kazakhstan. She
was also to visit Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Ukraine.
Correspondent John King and Reuters contributed to this