Burris’ Flight Home Makes Emergency Landing

Posted May 22, 2009 at 2:00pm

A United Airlines flight bound for Chicago and carrying Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) and White House social secretary Desiree Rogers made an emergency landing Friday after experiencing hydraulic failure, Burris spokesman Jim O’Connor said.

“There was a loud bang on takeoff and there was some pretty deafening noise while they were airborne, and the pilot announced they were making an emergency landing,— O’Connor said.

He said no injuries were reported and that passengers were directed to board other flights headed to Chicago.

Burris was headed home after attending a bill-signing ceremony Friday at the White House, where President Barack Obama enacted legislation overhauling the military procurement process.

The freshman Senator, appointed to fill the seat vacated by Obama, will spend the Memorial Day break in central Illinois, O’Connor said.