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Burris, Schakowsky, Rogers on Chicago bound plane forced to make emergency landing

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WASHINGTON--Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers were on a Chicago-bound plane Friday morning forced to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh because of an on-board equipment misfunctioned .

The three were on United flight 615.

Jim O'Connor, a Burris spokesman, said Burris told him that he heard a loud bang at take-off, sometime near 11:30 a.m. One the plane was in the air, the noises became deafening and the plane began to shake, O'Connor said. There was also a great deal of turbulence.

The pilot announced to the passengers there was a hydrolic hydraulic system failure and the O'Hare Airport-bound plane would be making an emergency landing in Pittsburgh.

Emergency vehicles met the plane on the tarmac upon landing. Burris helped an elderly woman off the plane.

Catherine Mccormick-Lelyveld, a spokesman for the First Lady's office, said Rogers was fine and catching another flight to Chicago.

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Burris is so full of it. I was on that flight. Here are the facts.

1) There was no loud bang at any time
2) There was little if any turbulence
3) He scurried off (as one of the first off the plane) even before those with children, just like George Costanza in that Seinfield episode.

Jim isn't the only fellow passenger who says Burris is full of it:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/22/burris-a-hero-on-united-f_n_206953.html

Not telling a professional reporter how to do her job but--- you should check the spelling of the word "hydrolic".

Just saying.

The word isn't "hydrolic". It's "hydraulic". Just nitpicking.

LEAVE THE GUY ALONE, HE SAID HE FELT SOMETHING,
THE QUESTION IS WHAT HE FELT TAINTED, JUST ASKING
THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS IS COUNTING THE
DAYS, NO WAR CHEST, NO FRIENDS, A LAMEDUCK TO THE
BONE! ADIOS, FAREWELL AND TAKE CARE, YOU SHOULD
HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE JOB!
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR AND NOW THE PLANE
BOSS THE PLANE!

What's even funnier is my mom was the elderly woman he helped. She was carrying a very small bag and he repeatedly insisted on carrying it off the plane. After seeing it on the news I told her she did a good job getting Burris a little PR. My mom could probably carry Burris off the plane.

IF SHE CARRIED HIM OFF THE PLANE, THEN SHE WOULD
BE TAINTED!
THE MAN IS IN A BAD WAY AND RETIREMENT IS IN THE
CRYSTAL BALL, HE COULDN'T RUN FOR SCOUT MASTER
AND WIN, HE COULDN'T RUN FOR DOGCATCHER AND WIN,
HE GONE, HAWK HARRELSON WOULD SAY!

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