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. Ja-Coffalotte

    Hi Anonymous, I have a lot of conservative values, but I could never vote for this current GOP platform, they are fringe and extreme.

    September 21, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. anna nonomous

    It's typical left-wing reactions that would attack her personally due to the fact they have no counter debates to the real issues at hand.

    September 21, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. riabm60

    I am glad the fire department arrived on time.

    September 21, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. Ru55

    Is that elevator for your multiple cars ok?

    September 21, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Ann's OK, and that's all you people need to know.

    September 21, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Ted Ward

    I'm glad to read Ann and everyone on the plane is ok. Smoke is really scary on a plane. Keep up the great work! Sending prayers...

    September 21, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. John

    I heard it was just a ploy to stop and pick up some thousand dollar a bottle wine

    September 21, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Jan

    No one believes anything that comes from him or Ryan anyway. The tax returns are a joke for those who care to believe. America is not stupid. Romney is a fake and he lies so many times, and the sad part/he always gets caught.
    Romney is going down in USA history as the worse candidate ever to run for the presidency and the worse governor that don't give a dam about American jobs. ROONEY'S GOING DOWN AND OUT!

    September 21, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Pebkac

    You people who wish her ill are sick. This had to be a harrowing event for anyone... reguardless of part affiliation.

    September 21, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. Starstuff

    The result from outsourcing the electrical job to PogoPogo general aviation in PogoPogo city.

    September 21, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Repandum

    If only someone with a conceal and carry permit had been on board, this wouldn't hav.....wait, wrong story. Sorry.

    September 21, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Ed1

    Marie MD

    @Ed1 – yes, I am sick and tired of all the lies coming from the right and this failed campaign.
    She has tried her MS and cancer. Who is to say this wasn't a ploy? Sorry, but this is what happens when you lie time and time again. When something real happens nobody believes you!

    So sad to go so low as saying Ann lied about her MS and Cancer what a SOB you are nothing to do with the right or left this was a person nothing like you are.

    This must be from someone still drinking the kool aid or still smoking the crack pipe glad I don't have to come home to you every night I think I would just shoot myself instead. What has this person done to you nothing I don't see how you could even like yourself.

    September 21, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. justanotherguy60

    To all you haters out there need to think about a friend and/or a loved one was on that plane and it crashed on the runway. Nothing like being self righteous and arrogant. You should be ashamed of the remarks you made. I bet if it was the pres or his wife and somebody made those kind of remarks, and even worse being racist. This is why our country is so divisive and it won't get any better as the election day approaches. Give some thought before you make such outlandish remarks.

    September 21, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Pam

    I was undecided on who to vote for until I read these comments. Mean, mean people who claim to care so much. I won't vote for Pres. Obama, he may be as fake as his supporters.

    September 21, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Rhondajleo

    Even thogh I'm I democrat and Obama supporter my prayers are alway for everyones safety first. Praying all candidates and their families are safe during this campaign season 😉

    September 21, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. aaron

    There's gotta be a way for Romney to pin this one on Obama. Obama is responsible for every bad storm, anything that happens in another country, any pandemic, and everything else.

    September 21, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. Puddin

    They deserve each phony married to another phoney. "We Love You Women!" LOL

    September 21, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. Mike Jacobs

    Maybe she should quit lighting her cigars with $100.00 bills.

    September 21, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Tom

    Canadair today ConAir in the future!

    September 21, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Scott

    Guess Mitt should stop shoveling money offshore and invest in fleet maintenence.

    September 21, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. judt

    smoke came from the joint she was smoking. How eles would she be so out of touch.???

    September 22, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. WDinDallas

    God wants Romney to win. He saved Ann.

    September 22, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Nappy

    I'm glad all are safe...
    Why is she chartering a Canadian aircraft’ ??? American companies not good enough for her?
    Geeeez Anne.... You and hubby just don't get it!

    September 22, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  24. David

    She is now part of the 47%. How much did that cost the tax payers?

    September 22, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Bill Blabbermouth

    Did her suitcases full of money exceed the planes safe weight limit?

    September 22, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
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