BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
September 21st, 2012
04:51 PM ET
6 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. Thomas

    Hi, I'm a Conservative Republican. Could you please send me some "I hate you" memos on this thread. Thank you. (Just doing some research.)

    Don't confuse hate with frustration ,Cynicism or skepticism .
    True , there are some very disrespectful comments posted . Yet none as hatful , racist and disrespectful to our President as some of the post from the right.

    After eight years of GW Bush and the mess he left all of us . Maybe like your friend say's , It's time to man up and say we were worn , sorry !

    Bill Clinton is right on , your guy almost destroyed this country in his eight years , and now you blame Obama because he didn't clean it up in four years. Its a lot easier to tear a home down then it is to build it right , never forget that .

    September 21, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    I'm glad all are safe and not going to say anything snarky or nasty about the flight incident. However, I would bring attention to the marquee photo. All those women (who are not under attack from the GOP by the way), would Ann Romney hang out with them were it not for pandering for their votes? She would? He11 no she wouldn't!! Oh yeah. The Romney's have ALL our interest at people.

    September 21, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. jrhodeisland

    Is this the same company that fired a pilot for whistleblowing they were not FAA Compliant.

    September 21, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. daniel

    I am a Democrat who is voting for Obama. I am happy to hear that the plane which had carried Ann made a safe landing with out incident.

    September 21, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. scott

    Some one better check on Holder and DOJ see if they were around the plane. Just saying Democrats ya never know.

    September 21, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Thankfully every thing is ok, however, I do have a question: Why is Canadaire being used. Are there no U.S. charter flights available? Perhaps Canadaire is an American Co. Just asking. BTW, I am a life long registered republican who is NOT happy about Mitt. My party has been co-opted by hateful, angry people who appear to not be at all interested in the good of the country.

    September 21, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. tidbit

    Glad everyone is ok as that is what is most important. Now, let us discuss the company that provided the charter flight: Canadaire. I hope this is in fact an American company. If not, as Repub, I have a few questions. Sorry to the rest of America that Mitt is the best the party felt it could offer. My party is essentially unrecognizable to me; full of hate and malice. I know the Repub. party had better to offer, one of them, Huntsman, dropped out and that is a shame. I do not think I can vote for Mitt.

    September 21, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Lori

    Penguin – good grief, get a grip. When you fly,do you inquire as to the exact model of plane you will fly on? Take a deep breath and calm down. Sheesh.

    September 21, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Northernstar

    It is amazing how uninformed and just plan stupid people are.....The jet was made by Canadair. They make most of the commuter jets flying in the US. It was chartered from a US company. Romney is not outsourcing is air travel to Canada. Stupid, Stupid people.

    September 21, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. 2020

    STOP IT, you did it again.

    There is no one in GOP deserved your rudeness. Shame on you, Ann Romney

    Again, Stop it.

    September 21, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. maltytasker

    Good thing that Mrs. Romney and everyone aboard are safe. No need to inject politics into what was a potentially dangerous and life threatening situation for them.

    September 21, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. 2020

    Diane. what have you been drinking?

    You can't tell left or right. you should know how to tell right from wrong.

    You are dead wrong.

    September 21, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Sugarbowl17

    ANN your husband better drop out !! God is not pleased with him or his religion .. When the foundation shake the whole house will fall including you!!!

    September 21, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Black Sabbath

    @ Anonymous said, "Hi, I'm a Conservative Republican. Could you please send me some "I hate you" memos on this thread. Thank you. (Just doing some research.)"

    Okay – I HATE YOU !! How's that ??

    September 21, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Name. falcon

    Ride the horse

    September 21, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Heather in Florida

    I'm glad to see that she is okay even though I am against everything she stands for. I do wonder though why this is news? It doesn't say anything about the other passengers on the plane and this wouldn't be news if it were not for a Romney on the flight. Hopefully she can get a union worker to fix her plane back in working order.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 21, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Robert Martin

    I doubt that Ann was really frightened about this incident. Remember, she wears that very special Mormon underwear which protects here from such things as an airline crash.

    September 21, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. gwats

    Ann says: 'Stop it! there is smoke in my eyes, and i just broke a nail!"

    September 21, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. quilvio

    Looks like Ann Romney's one of the freeloaders her husband talked about. Why is she flying on the taxpayer's dime?

    September 21, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. gmenfan54

    So the cabin was filled with smoke. Who was flying this plane....Cheech and Chong?

    September 21, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. PaxLoki

    not a fan of Willard–glad all on board are safe

    September 21, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. RayJacksonMS

    As previously stated, we people don't care.

    September 21, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. NoTags

    Ann Romney looks really mad in that picture, she looks like she's snarling.

    September 21, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. ditchdigger

    Until after the election, transport the Romney family on military aircraft, USMC is prferable, with fighter escort. C-130s are not confortable, but every ones got a chute.

    September 21, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Ja-Coffalotte

    She is a queen, we don't have these here in 'Merica.

    September 21, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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