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. JJ

    Don't fly with the tobacco lobby next time.

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

    Emergency Landing?? You call a sale at Denver Tiffany's an emergency?!?

    Just please, someone tell her to stop looking for gobstopper pearls in the Rocky Mountain oysters! ;)

    All kidding aside, it is a shame she isn't the R candidate instead of Mittwit.

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

    Cabin filled with smoke? I think The Devil came to collect the soul he was promised by Willard Romney. He'd totally sell her soul for the candidacy.

    September 21, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. resawven

    Glad to hear everybody is OK

    That being said, Obama 2012!

    September 21, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ed1 – And I thought all compassionate conservatives were extinct.

    September 21, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. JDinHouston

    Yikes, scary. Tossing politics aside, great news that all are safe.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. My2Sense4U

    Not a smart idea to burn your husbands tax records on an airplane.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. CNNuthin

    Anyone else read Transmetropolitan? I bet Romney did and just botched up the plan.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    The politicization of a near tragedy for this lovely woman is simply shameful.
    Wake up people. For goodness sake wake up.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. kenny in Nc

    I do not agree with the politics of her husband and it doesn't bother me that she stands behind her husband. It is to be expected. I am glad all are safe and well.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. bill

    They all smoked up. They were running low and so they hit Colorado. I asked the FAA about a declared emergency descent and they told me I'd have to file a FOIA. That is not transparency.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. RSVP

    Ah, Mormons don't drink coffee.

    September 21, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Woman in Californiduh

    They are being American's: Obama American's. Sick minds think alike. Looks like standard replying on the DailyKos. Most Obama voters would do anything to get him elected, even wish terrible things to happen to a candidate's wife.

    September 21, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Bill

    Careful what you say. You might get a visit from Secret Service.

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

    Wow. There really are a lot of hate-filled b*st*rds on this thread (or as they are otherwise known - liberals). Making fun of a woman's terrible disease, her religion, her politics, right after a near tragedy. Wow, the libs/dems really are engaged in a war on women, aren't they?

    September 21, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. rswfire

    Ploy to gain sympathy votes!

    September 21, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. lifeofchrist

    The one thing we should be saying is that we're praying for her safety and all those abord. Doesn't matter what your ideology is. American lives are more important than opinions.

    September 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. CBR

    The comments here are proof that we are not capable of judging people on the merits without making crude and rude remarks. Mr. and Mrs.Romney may be criticized for their beliefs and the way they are campaigning and what they have to say. There is no need to attach them in any other way.

    The Republicans has do this to Mr. and Mrs. Obama for the last three and 1/2 years. They made rude and crude remarks and wrote some pretty obnoxious emails and notes on the social networks. Those who support the President should not try to duplicate their rudeness.

    September 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. 47 percent

    Looks like her private plane was serviced by a democrat.

    September 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens pays less federal taxes than members of 47% who pay payroll taxes. Mittens is a welfare queen, a moocher, a lazy slob, and is clearly showing us he is not wiling to pay his fair share.

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

    This was clearly a stunt to gain sympathy votes.

    September 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Jim

    People will do anything to get the attention of others. Smoking on a plane is not the thing to do anymore. What will they think of next?

    September 21, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Danna

    Seems to me most of the insensible people in this blog have never traveled on a plane !!! You may joke, but when you are up there...the most simple movement is not taken so easily...much less smoke in the cabin...Show some respect at least.

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. 4pease

    The hand maidens were smoking in the back of the plane.

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. cheapseats2

    Wow. Many of you are a real "credit" to your political ideology.

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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