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. me

    I'm waiting for them to blame the Democrats.....

    September 22, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Drunk Uncle

    Initial reports is that there was a minority on the plane.

    September 22, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. vincent

    He can't even say Thanks God its Thank Goodness.

    September 22, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. AmericanPride

    interesting she is going to a fundraiser here in Las Vegas, location? Sheldon Adelson's home (mega-billionaire)...I don't think any "middle class" supporters were invited to this event, even they are "fighting" for a strong middle

    September 22, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Shan

    I am glad everyone is OK. Never want to see anyone hurt or even terrorized. But really who wants to listen to this woman whine. I certainly don't. More and more comes out about them every day that is appalling to the average American. What is it less than 50 days (I think)? Praise the Lord I can't wait until this is over and the Mittens are in some other country on vacation.

    September 22, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Yo

    I didn't know she flew in chartered flights. Apperently, these people really got too much money! Waaaaay out of touch with the ordinary people, that's for sure.

    September 22, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. qualitycontroll

    Did somebody forget the great poopon....Ann is right "this is hard"

    September 22, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Mark

    "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 and very hungry.

    September 22, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. socalgal

    Is there any better proof that our education system is beyond broken than reading 99% of these posts?

    September 22, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. gerro

    Who is the black woman sleeping behing her?LOL!

    September 22, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Notadolt

    No commercial flights from Omaha to Denver? Oh, those are only for the middle class, if you can afford it after taxes, tuition, utilities... We 47 per centers so insensitive....

    September 22, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. gerro

    o is the black woman sleeping behind her? LOL!

    September 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. gop usa

    Romney has lied and flipped flopped on his supporters he promised that he would make all the illegals either be deported or self deport.I am a repub who is angry we got stuck with a candidate with no word,no honor,no conviction,just lies and flip flops...........I will not vote for any man who panders to illegals.Romney lied to all of his supporters by kissing the illegals behinds..........I say lets deport Romney,he can live in the religious commune that his polygamist grandpa lived in and maybe he can get a few new sister wives or some new magic underwear to wear while strolling around Mexico.....

    September 22, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. acajudi

    Ann and Mitt need to drop out, and go count their offshore loot!

    September 22, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. mary

    I wonder if GOPers find this as President Obama's fault that there was smoke in Mrs. Mitt's plane? They are so used to blame our President for everything.

    September 22, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. smitvict

    If the same thing happened to Michele Obama, would the conservatives spew the same hate the liberals are spewing here? Naw, hate is primarily a liberal thing.

    September 22, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Confused Citizen

    Did Ann drop her hash pipe?

    September 22, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Aunt Jemima

    -That's nice when 'The Help" shows its support in Virginia.

    September 22, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Annie

    She should have taken her broom , instead!

    September 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. impact09

    Is it a warning from god? Is he saying greed can kill?

    September 22, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. BuschCheiney

    No Problems; she can use her No-Medal Olympics Horse to continue with her campaign trips.

    September 22, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. joeymom

    Glad everybody is ok !

    September 22, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. John the Historian

    How many husbands does Anne Romney get on the fictional planet of kolob. I mean if Willard gets 56 wives like Brigham Young, should not Anne get a few husbands ???

    September 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Blondie

    She looks like a housewife of beverly hills. eeeeech.

    September 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Ed1

    By the way Marie MD SOB stands for sorry old broad get your mind out of the gutter.

    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 22, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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