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. Jesus

    ...and the meek shall inherit the earth

    September 22, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. teatbag

    Did her plane run out of Gray Poupon?

    September 22, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Bug

    Anne built the FAA, fire department, and airport.

    September 22, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Huckleberry

    electric fire? or was she doing bong hits in the lavoratory?

    September 22, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Michelle & my $700 sneakers'z...that was close. When we'z travel on AirForce One for all my taxpayer funded family vacations to Africa, Hawaii and Martha's Vineryard this type of stuff never happens.

    One time the AF One cabin steward forget to put ice in my grandma's drink so I beat her on head with my $700 sneaker that I wore to the homeless shelter.

    I hope my husband and convince all his peps on our Gov't Plantation to get out to vote this Nov. I can't continue to live like JZ in the White House without your help.

    Vote for Obo in 2012!!



    September 22, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. dark poet

    for those who still deny the fact that there are BLACK republicans.... 2 on your right and one on your left behind a sign.. and no that doesn't make them "Uncle Toms".. in-fact the term Uncle Tom was made by those wanting to control blacks into thinking they can only be slaves..... Southern Conservative Democrats......

    September 22, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. dreamer96

    Hmm Many people knew the wiring in Flight 800 was bad..the insultaion was drying out and falling off, exposing the bare wires..The Navy red falgged it years before..rewited all the planes that had that type of wring or grounded them...They told everyone in the industry...and the Pentagon..No high level military officers could even fly on a plane with that type of wiring..but Boeing, the Airlines, and the wire manufacturer managed to block a total rewiring call by the FAA..because they said it was not really a big problem..and besides it would cost too much money to rewire all those huge 747's..but after Flight 800..the FAA ordered them to ground the planes or rewire them...and they did rewire them very quietly...It took years..but has been done...

    September 22, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Matt

    Ann, I know you love smoke and mirrors to distract the sheep, but you don't need to bring the smoke with you when you travel.

    September 22, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Sylar75

    Sign of the times. People can't afford to do proper maintenance on their jets. Whats their address? I wanna send them some money to help out!!

    September 22, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. hillcoguy

    Anne Romney was offered a million dollars to her favorite charity by Playboy, to pose nude in a Marilyn Monroe pose. This outraged Michelle Obama because she was offered fifty bux to pose nude in a jungle setting by National Geographic.

    September 22, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. RF Burns

    I'm glad liberals are so logical and compassionate, just like Muslims.

    September 22, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Sylar75

    Sign of the times. People can't afford to do proper maintenance on their jets. I feel for them.

    September 22, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. plain&simple

    Who bombs abortion clinics? How about who demands gays be treated different? Who wants to send children back to their parents native county for something the children didn't do? Who talks so knowingly about hating and uses it as the weapon of first choice? Those are the people who need to look in a mirror!!! There are none so blind as those who will not see!!!

    September 22, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Lady Gaga

    I'm glad liberals are so logical and compassionate, just like Musl ims.

    September 22, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Aaron

    Guys, I am an Obama supporter and will vote Obama in the election. That aside, these people are still human beings and when their own lives are endangered that is not something to start joking about. I am definitely not a Romney fan at all, but please stop with these nasty comments.

    September 22, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Pilot

    When I first read this I read "Romney forced to land Ann's Plane." If only it were true.

    September 22, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. GRS62

    Correction: The Romney plane received a last second notice to divert to pick up the newest Sister Wife.

    September 22, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Peter Wolfe

    Is this an ominous sign for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign? It would be better that we limite U.S presidential, senatoral and representative campaigns to only a month with each ccandidate using nonprofits to argue their points of view like Heritage Foundation for conservatives to Broookings for he dems on issues because they are better at explaining the issues than candidates are. I also believe that all campaigns should be publically funded with the isometric or same pay with no pacs and o disclose all expendettures to the american people. For all we know now that chinese or pakistanian multi-nations are influencing our elections via pac's and that to me as an american isn't american at all.

    September 22, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Geezer

    hmmm...Romneys outsourced flight to Canada! what's wrong with USA planes and Pilots?

    September 22, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Recher

    Well i don't want to read anything into this but there are no consequences in this world i personally just won't listen
    to some elitist Ann Romneytron . This i do know if she was really a hell of a gal ...why not spend some of her time
    actually helping people in person and not just sending in checks god for bid she should get dirty.

    September 22, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. nolongerarepublican

    She is the wife of the most hated man in America, but I am glad she and all the others were not hurt.
    I don't wish Romney or his family harm, I just want him to move to the Caymans where most of his money is, and quit pretending he has a chance and quit making those stupid comments.

    September 22, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. oldhighlandguy

    Happy to see the plane made it down safely and Ann is OK. I really hope she is our new first lady. I am a bit ambivalent about Mitt but he has to be light years better then Barack.

    September 22, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. WP4E

    After GOP Convention slammed by hurricanes twice in a row, this should tell Dummy that God is not happy with him.

    September 22, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. ich

    Good. There's a greater chance she'll die on the ground.

    September 22, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. ich

    Good. There's a greater chance she'll be in a fatal accident on the ground.

    September 22, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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