Lee Port Authority claims flight log is wrong about controversial plane
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Port Authority says a flight log that shows its plane taking an eight minute trip to Labelle is simply wrong.
That's the word tonight from a Port Authority spokeswoman who wants to set the record straight on the controversial plane.
The Lee county Port Authority got the plane as part of a law enforcement forfeiture.
And two county commissioners wanted to sell the aircraft after we discovered taxpayers were being billed every time commissioners used it to fly around the state.
But other commissioners voted against the sale.
So we wanted to see where the plane has traveled recently.
According to the website flightaware.com, the plane flew to Labelle for an eight minute trip, made two trips to Tallahassee in 48-hours and also traveled to Hollywood, Florida.
We asked the Port Authority about those trips and tonight we have some clarification.
They say the flight to Labelle was part of a mandatory training exercise.
Spokeswoman Vicki Moreland gave this statement to 4 In Your Corner:
"The flight did not take eight minutes and did not, in fact, land at Labelle airport. The aircraft was in-flight for the entire check ride."
We still don't know who was on the plane for two trips to Tallahassee or Hollywood, Florida.
We'll let you know when we get that information.