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. Woman in Californiduh

    Gee. Wonder how that could have happened? Any "progressives" want to man up to it?

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. 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!

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Bimbo

    Breaking news: Obama campaign team paid Al Qaeda to take down Ann Romney's plane. ;)

    September 21, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. JB

    Thank goodness she had on her magical mormon underwear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Romney is not My Hero

    And just where was her dancing horse during all this? I blame Ralphalfa, Flacalfa, or whatever it's name is.

    September 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gee, Ann's the only person with MS, I wonder if she was the only person on the plane, if not she and Mitt will certainly make it appear that way.

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. cuda17

    She's an American, a person, a mom, a wife, and a sister. When will politics stop blinding you and allow you to have compassion for a human being regardless of their beliefs/stances??? Get over yourselves and be Americans!

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Jack

    she stopped to pick up some KFC for Obama

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. achepotle

    I need a latte, stat! Kidding..I'm sure she has her own barrista who travels everywhere with her.

    September 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. A Desperate Situation

    I am glad everyone is alright. There is just way too much drama with the Romney's.

    September 21, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. alex

    why is this breaking news?

    September 21, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Dave

    You west coast radicals are mentally challenged for comments that this is staged or that she is a witch. THEY DONATE MORE OF THEIR WEALTH (total and %) THAN THE OBAMA'S. Why would you call her a witch? Regardless of politics...I'm glad she is okay...as I would say the same thing for the first lady.

    September 21, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Heywood

    47 million peeps on food stamps. Hope and change?

    September 21, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ajhnson

    The Obama administration is getting desperate. I would hire extra security if I were Mr. Romney. Obama is a Chicago thug who will stop at nothing to hold on to power.

    September 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Wow, it's like I'm on 4chan – nothing but trolls trolling trolls.

    Glad to know people are safe, REGARDLESS of who they are.

    September 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. PAUL

    Where was Mitt while Anne's poor plane made an Emergency Stop? Probably Getting Brain at a Traffic Stop? Anne was probably making sure that her Pilots experienced the depth of the Back of Her Throat!!

    September 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. cuda17

    you people are unbelievable... she's still a human being regardless of her beliefs/stances. Y'all should be ashamed of yourselves. haters.

    September 21, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Pete

    Did Ann see a Costco on the way to Romneys campaign headquarters,maybe new pinstripped shirts for the Mormon moron would be nice wouldn't it!!

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. John the Historian

    I wonder if she is disappointed. Since Mitt gets 56 wives on the Latter Day planet of kolob, I guess Anne will get 55 husbands on the planet of kolob. Don't forget Brigham Young's 19th wife divorced him and called him a con. Read the American History magazine of August 2012. But since Joseph Smith the rapist was married to 87 women and had one 14 year wife, I guess this isn't much to expect. I wonder if that horse gets multiple partners as well.

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Demonfeed

    Romney is about to speak at a campaign rally... $50 bucks says he tried to get sympathy for Ann...

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. acorlando

    Maybe this time she should have union mechanics work on it.

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Matt A Bowles

    Mark in Seatle, you must be a very sad individual to make a comment like that. What if someone would of said that about your wife or daughter? Some people just don't have filters and they just let whatever come out of their mouths.

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Random Pundit

    Hey "Woman in California" put down the partisan mud sling for a second and be respectful of human life.
    I'm voting for Obama and I am extremely glad everyone is safe. You don't have to agree with people to respect the value of their life.
    Wake up if you think you're not being manipulated by the democrats too. It's your job as a thinking citizen to cut through the sweet talking, the FUD and the fluff to find out which candidate will put into motion the things that you support most.
    It's not a case of good versus evil, no matter how much the media and the parties try to write the narrative for you to read. Be dispassionate and critical thinking. Ask questions "why".
    Don't stoop to their lows.

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Noneya

    It truly is time for a divorce between the democrats and republicans. There doesn't seem to be any way that we will ever live peaceably together. Can we please just start divvying up the Country and call it a day?

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Razorking

    In other news: Romney campaign goes up in smoke.....................

    September 21, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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