McCain Secret Service plane makes forced landing in Glendale

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GLENDALE -- A small plane carrying Secret Service agents made a forced landing after taking off from a Phoenix area airport on Tuesday, but there were no injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Cessna 206 took off from Glendale Airport just after 10 a.m. The pilot noted a rough-running engine and tried to land in a vacant lot two miles from the runway and hit a fence. The plane had substantial damage.

The pilot and two Phoenix-area Secret Service agents on board were heading to a potential event site for Sen. John McCain.

McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker issued a statement saying, "Earlier today a plane carrying a pilot and two United States Secret Service agents crash landed in a field in Glendale, Arizona, en route to a potential McCain event site. John and Cindy McCain have expressed their deep concern for those involved and we are all thankful that none of the passengers suffered serious injuries."

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