July 7th, 2008
01:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama plane diverts to St. Louis after technical problem


Watch Obama comment on his plane troubles.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (CNN) - Barack Obama's plane made an unscheduled landing in St. Louis Monday after the pilot reported technical problems. The plane landed safely.

Obama told reporters after landing it was the first time he had had to land because of mechanical problems.

"Just thought we'd spice things up a little bit today," he joked, adding: "Anytime a pilot says that something's not working the way its supposed to, then you know, you make sure you tighten your seat belt. Everything seemed under control, the pilots knew what they were doing."

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  1. dennis from chicago

    this is what you call pandering... where is the news......no news is good news when it comes to barack...... why not take an ordiniary plane like us peons doo........ is this beneath him.......money is waiting got a go got a go.......change ain't in the air

    July 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. CliffordtheBigRedDog

    I heard J.J. the Jet Plane was his new replacement..

    July 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    There were no rockets, no birds that hit the plane . But think about it., three planes today. One hit by a bird and dented in the front another plane almost hit my a rocket and now this, We have got to have our planes repaired in this country not somewhere else.

    July 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. melaniebartlett

    gary your an idiot i bet im not the only that ever said that to you eh...what a dummy

    July 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Jamal Walker

    This is news? I'm sorry, but Obama has many issues he should be addressing if he expects voters to take him seriously.

    Just like I've been saying, this man wants too much attention.


    July 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    Be safe Mr. President and may God bless you and your family.

    You will fill up the Denver football stadium in a heartbeat.

    Go Denver! Try and beat our record here in Portland, Oregon, BTW I was at the rally at Waterfront Park and all 75.000 of us were there to see our future president, not the band that played before his speech, It was all about the man, so don't be fooled by the haters who claim it was a "rock concert" . The line was 22 city blocks long and the wait was 5 hours, and I would gladly do it again.

    GO OBAMA '08


    July 7, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. PUMA Sabotage

    PUMA must responsible/ All that channelled hatred and bitterness must have made it to the plane.

    Obama supporters are mild in comparison to the nasty and hateful, PUMA posters. They are the new low. Read their site sometime, they ara all about hate and division. They should be exterminated like the vermin they are.
    They could make Rush Limpbough cringe.

    July 7, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Glad Senator Obama and everyone on the plane was safe.
    God always make away, for those who are interested go to Obama's website, they sent out emails for a lottery to attend DNC in Colorado.

    Seems that Obama's security is going to have to check out planes from now on.

    God bless the pilot, God bless our future President and God Bless America!

    We need prayer everyone, so please pray

    July 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Let the conspiracy-fest begin! 'Ooo, look how brave Obama is flying a plane rigged against him by the racist world conspiracy.'

    July 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Why is this making news? Dozens of commercial planes are diverted every week because of technical problems. Why is Obama hogging the news again? Why does he think his incident is anything special?

    July 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. What if?

    To my fellow bloggers, HATERS supporters of Obama, McCain, Bush and the Clintons, we are all to blame for the contributing to acting and being prejudice, hateful and mean on these comments. Please stop the finger pointing to others, and admit to your own wrong doing Just felt the need to tell the truth about all and not just set of candidates voters……

    Be careful what you hope or wish for someone else, it may be your own fait…

    July 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Obama/Hillary 08

    G8 world power # 1 with a struggling economy because of our republicans friends. We need to vote change to change this mess with our economy. Vote democratic this November if you want to leave the American dream which is have a job, be able to pay for education, and have a home to live in.

    July 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Some years ago I flew on a plane that couldn't extend its flaps for landing, leading to a serious risk of stall and crash. We were diverted and we too were greeted with fire trucks for safety's sake.
    That never made the news!
    'Ooo, but it's Obama! He's the victim of a world conspiracy against him! It's so much more brave of him to survive such an incident!'

    July 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. ladyhjk

    Thank you Lord for keeping your strong arms of protection around Barack Obama, his family and staff. Prayer is very powerful and just think of the power in God's hands right now. Every confessed believer pray for our country and the leader that God has for us. Bless you, Mr. Obama.....keep the faith!!!! Oh yes, thank you God for the pilot being at the right place at the right time!

    July 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Phil Proud Republican from MA

    Too bad the plane didn't crash. The world would be much better off with out him and his unpatriotic wife. They are both frauds and cowards and trash

    July 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Ms. D

    Obama don't have a ego problem, he is very confident, smart and intelligent and happen to be black! most racist whites can't handle that!! What are you racist's scared of? Karma? or Obama turning into flavor flav? LOL. Bush is the one who was arrogant, big ego and stubborn!!

    July 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Matt, Minneapolis, MN

    Senator Obama safely decended the stairs today. One of them creaked, an investigation showed that a nail was not pounded down all the way. We can all breat a sigh of relief again.

    If he gets in a car accident, or makes some groundbreaking proposal thats news. Not that he landed safely or that he changed venues for his speach. Lets cover real news CNN like the Riots in Mongolia.

    July 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. jp/michigan

    Funny the polls show Obama just 3 to 6 points ahead of McCain. That is really not that great for Obama, is it!

    July 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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