Beebe May Replace State Police Plane Used Often by Huckabee

FEBRUARY 22, 2007 - Posted at 8:18 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Rather than spend three-quarters of a million dollars on overhauling the engines of a state police airplane that's used to fly the state's chief executive, Governor Beebe is considering replacing it.

A spokesman for Beebe and Colonel Steve Dozier, director of the State Police, said yesterday that the plane is reaching the maximum number of hours before the Federal Aviation Administration requires an overhaul of the aircraft.  The plane, a Beechcraft King Air 200 twin-engine turboprop, was frequently used to transport Beebe's predecessor, Mike Huckabee.

Dozier told The Associated Press that the plane could be flown another 50 hours before an overhaul is needed.

Dozier says an overhaul of the plane could cost anywhere between $700,000 and $800,000.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says the governor is looking at all options for the plane, including replacing it altogether.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)