Jet Carrying Pres. Bush From Philly Diverted

By Alastair Jamieson and Justin Kirschner
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 4:47 AM EDT
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Jet Carrying Pres. Bush From Philly Diverted

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A private jet carrying former President George W. Bush from Philadelphia to Texas was diverted to Louisville, Kentucky late Saturday, his spokesman said.

The aircraft was traveling from Philadelphia International to Dallas Love Field airport when it made an unscheduled landing. President Bush later continued to Texas.

"President Bush's flight was briefly diverted to Louisville late this evening, but he is already safely home in Dallas,” spokesman Freddy Ford told NBCDFW.com in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the FAA confirmed that the flight was diverted because the captain reported possible smoke in the cockpit.

Bush's spokesman said that former president never smelled any smoke.

Bush is honorary chairman of The First Tee, which supports youth education programs through golf, and had attended a Philadelphia event.

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