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. Richard

    I'm glad it wasn't because Seamus fell off the roof.

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. rswfire

    Ann Romney lit up a cigarette on the plane!

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Matt

    All these "caring" comments coming from the left. Shows you what they're really made of. You make me sick.

    September 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. keljack99

    politics aside, be human people, glad she's ok

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

    im glad she is okay !

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. us_1776

    Somebody overdid the flambe.

    .

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Don55

    You guys are disgusting. I agree with cuda17. show some compassion and drop the politics.

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. 333maxwell

    Glad to hear everyone is safe.

    While I strongly support Barack Obama for re-election, I hope Mrs Romney is back up and flying ASAP.

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. government cheese

    Obama said it was caused by a video and apologized to the Muslims.

    September 21, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    She told them to "Stop It!"
    Actually who cares... in a few weeks she will be join the ranks of rich blonde women who's husbands have failed to make them first ladies. She can sit by McCain's wife at their first meeting.

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @heywood, yes hope and change because if it hadn't been for President Obama many Americans (more than the 47%) might be typing this in the air living in a tent at some national park.

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Selfcenter

    There are sick leftist psychopaths posting here. Just imagine a country of only them. It would be a third world ghetto dictatorship two years after forming.

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. donaldisles

    You people are some of the the moist vindictive I have ever heard. This exactly the reason that we are hated around the world, no compassion for your fellow americnan.

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. DocHollywood

    Why is this news?

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. WDS

    Too bad she had to reply on the socialist fire department.

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

    Such compassion and concern from the party of "our brother's keeper." Reminds me of the religion of peace.

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. cashmeremafia

    Glad everyone is safe....I think we should put aside the snide remarks for now....

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. david from washington state

    look at me! i'm struggle too!

    September 21, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Babyboomer

    I'm a liberal and I'm glad everyone is okay. Don't care for her husbands politics but I certainly don't want to see any harm come to him or his family. Thank goodness it wasn't more serious.

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

    "And just where was her dancing horse during all this?"

    On the way to the glue factory. It failed to medal :-(

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

    This news just breaking: After landing in Colorado when "unknown" smoke was discovered in the cabin, the smiling crew and passengers sent out for Visine, 157 cheeseburgers, 29 pizzas, and 10 gallons of Haagen Daz. Seriously though, glad that there was no tragedy.

    September 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Fishesquire

    The Romney campaign must have leased one of those planes that runs properly 47% of the time.....

    September 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Deeb

    Seriously folks...glad all is well with Ms. Ann & her flight crew.

    September 21, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Portland tony

    Stuff happens to all of us. Certainly glad nothing bad happened. Glad her and her people including the secret service, pilots and crew are Ok :)

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

    This is what happens when your Outsource all the parts and labor to China.

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