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. Shane

    As much as I dislike the woman, I am glade she is ok

    September 22, 2012 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  2. Wynter

    Sounds like Ann was smoking in the lavatory again.

    September 22, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  3. Divebus

    @ Diane – You're "a repub that is open to equality and care for my fellow man"? You're a rare bird.

    Most repugs stick their noses into things that are none of their business, trying to limit the liberty of anything they don't agree with. This Nation was founded by people trying to get away from conservatives telling them what they can and can't do. The "Left" is just trying to get the "Right" out of their faces and leave them alone. Glad to see there's one with compassion.

    September 22, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  4. krehator

    Look at those 47%ers going on the plane to put out the fire!

    I thought they do not work?

    September 22, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  5. rosethornne

    Nothing wrong with being "conservative". It's "Conservative ™" that's the problem.

    When people have no idea what the actual definition of the word is, and do not bother becoming informed about actual policy positions, but instead get all ranted up listening to rush and hannity and beck and other arm-waving droolslobbering screamers, then there is a valid target for those memos you requested.

    As for people who want to have a rational discussion about the balance of opposing philosophies in governance and how to reasonably compromise without either driving the economic bus off a cliff or running over vulnerable people with that bus, the welcome mat is out.

    September 22, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  6. Zoglet

    how appropriate, the plastic womans making headlines for doing nothing!

    September 22, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. Jt_flyer

    The first time she's been inconvenienced in years.

    September 22, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. On The Rocks

    Anonymous

    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.)

    I am a Republican and i hate Romney.
    Feel better ?

    September 22, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  9. Chuck Jones

    Just wondering why this is news....As nice and they might portray themselves to the American people, they are still rich stuck up people who has no idea how poor people live and socialize. Romney will NEVER get to the white house and Anne WILL NEVER be the first lady.

    September 22, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Fsjunkie

    The Romneys have lied so much and so often, that my first reaction to the headline was that this story was likely to be some kind of a stunt by the campaign, or an exaggeration at most. I didn't read anything to change my mind.

    September 22, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. TruthHurtsTX

    Thank goodness for well trained pilots that keep a cool head!

    September 22, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. jas

    I understand that Mrs. Romney was the first one off the plane. She reportedly said I am first and you 47% still on board are SOL.

    September 22, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. Dan

    Mitt happens.

    September 22, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. Patty

    @Jim She hasn't done anything more than Michell Obama. If she thinks comments are bad now she should have lived through the past four years as the Obamas have. Glad she is fine.

    September 22, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. tom

    I'm waiting for the conservatives here to start blaming "libs" for trouble Anne Romney's plane had. The evil "libs" are responsible for everything negative while conservatives are saints, God's chosen.

    September 22, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. buckshot

    I guess because she's romney's wife, this made the news. Otherwise it really isn't news.

    September 22, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. George

    What was the source of the smoke?

    September 22, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  18. whatsup

    I see that the tolerant left is out in force once again wishing harm on people they disagree with. You people are disgusting.

    September 22, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  19. Weedoggie

    That's Not the only thing going down in smoke

    September 22, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  20. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Dear Queen Annie: I am so glad you are safe and sound. God bless you and your family.It must be a great thing to have the money to keep things ship shape, here and now. We the little people use commercial airlines, so we need safety standards in place to make it possible for us to land safely too. That's why we need federal regulation standards for the private industry. When we see people they see dollars and that clouds their judgement. That's one of the main reasons we the 99% cannot vote for your husband. He might be a good man but when it comes to us, he is totally clueless and unwilling to learn. This Obama voter does not hate you and your family, I just love my "neighbor", like in he biblical mandate.

    September 22, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  21. HansJurgen

    I would look into some of Obummer's guys who probably caused this fire. After all, it's now an all or nothing "fight to the finish" and radicals, like Obummer and his gangstas, will resort to anything to get their way or get even.

    September 22, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Pablo695

    Oh, Mitt – It's so hard!! I had to ride COACH!!!

    September 22, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. ted

    Why does God hate Ann so much?

    September 22, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  24. Roy

    Glad the plane landed safely and no one was hurt Mitt should buy her a new plane to insure her flying safety.

    September 22, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. NativeUSA

    The left is always so nice during stories like this their true selves come out the real heart of being liberal or socialist look at OWS grass roots liberals they murderered raped robbed caused millions in damages first repsonders injured yep typical liberal democrats who also make up most of our prison population.

    September 22, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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