Ohio Governor Defends Moving Plane To Save Time

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is defending his practice of having a state plane flown from one Columbus airport to another to save travel time.

Strickland often has a Beechcroft King Air Propeller Plane flown from Don Scott Air Field to Port Columbus International Airport, a flight of a few minutes.

Strickland had the plane moved 25 of the 60 times he's flown since taking office in January 2007. The cost of the cross-town flights is not available.

Strickland flies infrequently compared to his predecessor, Gov. Bob Taft, who occasionally had the plane moved but mostly flew straight from the airfield.

Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst says the practice allows the governor to work more efficiently.

The flights were first reported Thursday by the other paper, a Columbus weekly newspaper.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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