A plane carrying Governor Mike Parson turned around and flew back to Columbia shortly after take-off Friday after the pilot noted a problem with a "required system," according to a news release from the governor's office.

About five minutes after take-off, the Missouri State Highway Patrol pilot informed the governor and his press secretary, Kelly Jones, that the plane would have to go back to Columbia Regional Airport.

The pilot did not declare an emergency, and the plane landed without incident. No assistance or standby was requested from airport public safety/crash rescue, said Steve Sapp, director of community relations for the city of Columbia.

The specific cause of the problem was not disclosed by the governor's office,

Parson was on his way to an event at Park University in Parkville near Kansas City. He said in a release he was disappointed in having to cancel the event, according to the news release.

Wednesday night, pilots of an American Airlines flight into Columbia declared an emergency and landed without incident because of the smell of smoke in the cabin.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

  • Summer 2019 General Assignment Reporter. Spring 2019 Staff Photographer. I'm a graduate student on the photojournalism track. You can reach me at jeffreyzide@mail.missouri.edu or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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