ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez’s spokesman Scott Darnell sent the following statement to the Albuquerque Journal early today on the Wednesday night hard landing at the Santa Fe airport with the governor, her husband Chuck Franco, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and pilot Sid Strebeck, a Clovis businessman, aboard:
“Governor Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco were aboard a private plane that landed without its gear down at the Santa Fe Airport at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday night.
“The plane received some damage, but no one aboard was injured.
“The Governor had been the guest at a meet-and-greet campaign event for state senate candidate Angie Spears in Tucumcari. The Spears campaign paid for the flight.
“The single-engine Malibu propeller plane was piloted by Sid Strebeck, a Clovis businessman who has approximately 3,000 flight hours.
“On approach to the airport, there were high crosswinds that forced the pilot to circle the airport, at which time the pilot lifted the landing gear, which he failed to re-deploy when finally landing.
“In addition to the Governor and the First Gentleman, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler was aboard the plane.
“The pilot immediately notified the authorities, who arrived at the scene, and the appropriate incident reports are being filed. The Governor and First Gentleman left the airport for their residence at approximately 11:30 p.m. after authorities arrived and received information from all involved.
“The Governor will continue with her activities tomorrow, as planned, beginning with an event at the Espanola Public Library at 9:30 a.m. to kick off the State’s Summer Reading Program in public libraries across New Mexico.”
Gov. Susana Martinez and her husband, Chuck Franco, were unhurt when a private plane they were flying on made a hard landing at the Santa Fe airport Wednesday night, KRQE News 13 reported.
A spokesman for the governor said she and all those aboard the plane — including 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and pilot Sid Strebek, a Clovis businessman — were OK after high crosswinds forced the pilot to lift the single-engine Malibu plane’s landing gear and circle the airport, News 13 said.
Spokesman Scott Darnell said the pilot failed to redeploy the landing gear and the plane made a hard landing, doing some damage to the plane, KRQE reported.
The governor and her husband returned home around 11:30 p.m., and she plans to continue her schedule with an event at the Espanola Public Library today, according to the station.
The group was flying back to Santa Fe from Tucumcari where they attended a “meet-and-greet campaign event” for New Mexico Senate candidate Angie Spears, whose campaign paid for the flight, Darnell told the Santa Fe New Mexican.