November 3, 2014 / 1:23 AM / 3 years ago

Obama swaps planes on trip after Air Force One flap problem

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his entourage were switching to a different plane for his return trip to Washington on Sunday because of a minor flap issue with the aircraft, dubbed Air Force One, that flew them earlier in the day, a spokesman said.

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“While in Philadelphia, we have transferred to a backup airplane due to a minor mechanical problem with one of the aircraft’s flaps,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

“This switch to a backup C-32 will not affect our schedule.”

Any plane that carries the president maintains the name Air Force One.

Obama traveled to Connecticut earlier on Sunday for a campaign rally before flying to Pennsylvania for another campaign event ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney

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