BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
September 21st, 2012
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing

(CNN) – Ann Romney's plane made an emergency landing in Colorado on Friday, a spokeswoman from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign tweeted.

"All okay. Thank goodness," the spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, wrote on Twitter.

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Saul added the cause of the emergency was apparently "an electrical fire" after the cabin of the plane filled with smoke. Romney's plane was headed to Los Angeles but landed in Denver, where it was met with emergency vehicles on the runway.

Ann Romney's press secretary, Sarah Haley, was also on the plane.

An official with the Federal Aviation Administration said no injuries were reported on the plane, which was on its way from Omaha, Nebraska.

"A Canadair Challenger 601 charter flight operated by World Wide Jet, diverted to Denver today at about 2:40 p.m. MDT after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight was en route from Omaha, NE to Santa Monica, CA. The aircraft landed safely on runway 35L and passengers exited the aircraft via stairs on a taxiway. No injuries were reported," Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs with the FAA, said in a statement.

A Secret Service official confirmed the incident.

"We can confirm that a plane carrying Mrs. Romney and two Secret Service personnel did make an emergency landing about 4:25 ET. It was at the Denver airport," the official said. "Basically what we understand there was some type of smoke in the cabin. All personnel were safe."

The official could not say who else was on board.

Campaign spokesman Rick Gorka said Mitt Romney spoke with his wife on the phone and is set to take the stage at a campaign event in Las Vegas.

Unrelatedly, the emergency landing came days after Romney's campaign canceled an event in Colorado on Sunday due to investigations of a plane crash at the Pueblo airport. The campaign said they did not want to "interfere" with the investigation.

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld, Kevin Liptak, Ashley Killough and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. greg

    Glad everything is ok. I wish no harm for her despite who she is and who she is married to.

    Greg the Progressive

    September 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    Good thing she has the broom just in case.

    September 21, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Watch her spin this for sympathy. Remember, nothing is too low for a Romney.

    September 21, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. John N. Seattle, WA

    Her horse must have had a medical emergency mid-flight.

    September 21, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    @Woman In California: "Watch her spin this for sympathy. Remember, nothing is too low for a Romney."

    That was my first thought, too ... And if it had happened to First Lady Michelle Obama, Pat Robertson would have been declaring it a sign from God!

    September 21, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Ed1

    All of you are sick people what the hell is wrong with you just plain stupid and mean what a pity you have to live with your hateful self.

    This could have been you but it wasn't just mean and stupid.

    September 21, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. mike

    Another gaff!

    September 21, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Captain Obvious

    Mitt probably tried to down her plane for the sympathy vote. He's tried just about everything else with no results.

    September 21, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. JohnnyInSNJ

    LAND THIS PLANE!!! I forgot my matching Louis Vuitton luggage hand bag.

    September 21, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    She forgot her Prada purse?

    Hehe...lighen up people.

    September 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. whats going On

    Somebody please tell the ROMNEYS that its not time yet for suicide, however tempting it may be.

    September 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Jeb Stuart

    I am going to steal the line from the losers "Its George Bush's Fault"

    September 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Calcommuter

    She heard there was a sale at the Denver Walmart and had to stop!

    September 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Aircraft Associate

    National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) needs to investigate this incident and rule out SABOTAGE.

    September 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. SPF

    Who cares.

    September 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Gryphon

    Mark in Seattle, and Woman In California; you're both just cheesey knuckleheads.

    September 21, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. FedUpWithTheNews

    "Woman In California
    Watch her spin this for sympathy. Remember, nothing is too low for a Romney."

    Apparently nothing is too low for you either. Like the Romney's or not, a potential tragedy like this is nothing to joke about.

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Harry inFlorida

    The comments of the compassionate and tolerant left-wing have already started!! I'm sure that they will get worse. Glad everyone on the plane is fine!! Romney/Ryan 2012!!!

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Glad to see that everyone and the non working wife are okay. This is not the time for pity votes for any reason whatsoever.
    @captain obvious, that's funny but you knew she was going to be saved at the last minute.
    Stop it! Stop it!

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. JIm

    wow nothing is too low for liberal posters. What has Ann Romney ever done to deserve such hatred. If you are Americans you should be ashamed of yourselves!

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Siara

    Can't stand the Romney's but thank goodness she landed safely. Wouldn't wish that on anyone.

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. B4Cons

    Glad everyone is ok.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 21, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. dood

    Anything for some attention.

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. eric

    You people should be shot... Liberals are a waste of gene pool

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Razorking

    Nothing to be alarmed about, the smoke is normal, it's from the embers of the extinguished Romney campaign

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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