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. xx4zu1

    I doubt even killing off his wife will get Romney elected. Trying to play up the sympathy role there Mitt?

    September 22, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  2. Duck Duucke

    Did her suitcases full of money exceed_the planes safe weight limit?

    September 22, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  3. AgrippaMT

    Perhaps there will be better luck next time. Little Annie needs to go back home where her dressage horse can kick her where she needs to be kicked.

    September 22, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Cherisidiot

    Obama is going to lose by a large, huge margins. Nobody likes a liar and the way he laughed it up the
    Week ambassador Stevens was murdered. His Blood is on Obama 's and Hillary's Hands ..... BIG TIME.
    Romneys critics need to get out of mummy's basement......you know sunshine, normalcy, reality.

    September 22, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Joe

    Did Ann tell the plane. Stop it?

    September 22, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. Kona

    Awwwz.....did poor Orphan Annie's private executive jet plane that rich people ride around in while the middle class is shoved into sardine commercial class.....did her little plane have problems??? How sad......

    September 22, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. PixieDust

    The Almighty is sending a message...

    September 22, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. Lol

    Way to go for a sympathy vote nothing is too low for a Romney

    September 22, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. Shawn

    I would rather move foward than take 2 steps back

    September 22, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  10. please read

    you socialist clowns wake the F up obama is a soicalist why do you want socialism ?? becuase you can't fiend for yourself you believe everyone should fork over to the government heres a thought instead of increasing taxes on the so called "rich" why havent the people demanded that taxes get lowered on the poor why do we have to give our government more money are we serious people i make uder $18,000 a year and even I know that increasing taxes on the wealthy is a bad thing. why? becuase then if i ever do make it and become welathy not rich just welathy now im facing the higher tax burden we are punishing success which is horrible ask OBAMA to lower taxes for the underemployed and the less wealthy we should be taking money aaway from the government not inflating it.

    September 22, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. Obama

    Wow these people will try anything to win the White House......

    September 22, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. biologixco

    "Dang"~~Mitt Romney said with a look of disgust.
    "I needed that INSURANCE MONEY to keep my campaign going~!"

    September 22, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  13. biologixco

    Wonder if she wet her magic panties>?

    September 22, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  14. SS

    Happy nothing serious happened with her plane–still not voting for her phony baloney husband but glad no harm came to her.

    September 22, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  15. GeorgeBushsr

    i bet she uses toilet paper made of Yemeni baby skin and 10,000,000 dollar bills encrusted with diamonds mined by slaves in the congo while snorting coke picked and processed by children under the age of 5 from Nicaragua off of an ivory mirror made of elephants killed when pregnant. they probably had to stop and get some more cus she was out of both.

    September 22, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. Damien

    The plane was too heavily laden with their cash, They need a Boeing 747 like Airforce one to more adequately shuttle the sheer weight of their paper currency around. Michelle's additional trips to spain will have to be put on hold until all of the Romney cash can be transported to DC, it will take approx 3 roundtrip flights to fill the white house basement with this money.

    September 22, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. NameGhost

    Guy can't do his taxes, can't tell the truth, insults everyone, is out of touch, and can't even get a decent charter plane. Needs to be like the rest of us 47% who pay our taxes, tell the truth, respect each other, try to get along and fly coach. What you say, it's unfair? Kinda Like blaming Obama for things out of his control? Absurd. Romney is finding out what us 47% know- no lie goes unpunished and payback is a birch.

    September 22, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  18. gomer

    I bet she took off with only 53% of the fuel needed for the trip....

    September 22, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  19. chilipeppr111

    I am glad that everyone landed safely.

    September 22, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  20. FUNKED

    No worries... with the SUBSIDIES Romney saved on taxes (OVER 4,000,000.00) OUR taxdollars pay for his Fuel, Pilot & Plane.... BUT he wants to take the average persons healthcare away, WITH the money he got subsidized, he has taken food stamps until the year 2740.

    September 22, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  21. nostrildamus

    First it was the plagues, then the floods, then the deaths, at the Republican Convention.

    Now, Ann Romney's plane is struck by daytime lightning.

    It's the Seven Signs.

    Texas already executed an innocent man, Marvin Wilson, so only the Seventh Sign remains.

    Romney is bringing the Millennia prophesied by John.

    .

    September 22, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  22. GO_GOP

    Further proof that GOD is on our (GOP) side. We need deeply religious people like Mr. Romney to take us out of this mess. We need GOD back in our schools, courthouses, government because we are a country founded on Christian values.

    September 22, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  23. Joe

    A fire in the electrical system ............... With all those U.S. currency on it's way to Utah , Cayman , Switzerland, it must have been a heavy load even the electrical system went haywire..... have to hide that all that money somewhere after there ridiculous tax returns. I suppose the 53% are the stupid ones.

    September 22, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  24. Jeremy

    Amazing. That woman looks exactly like I would expect. Right down to that liiittle bita twisted crazy mormon in her eyes.

    September 22, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  25. At the troth

    plane was obese caused by carrying too much money around yet not exercising it by investing in American business.

    September 22, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
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