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. Jeff

    Somebody must have put one of their $1,000 cigars out on a pile of money and its smoldering.... well Ann can just rest up in their multi-million dollar Aspen Lodge and watch the leaves turn as her maid, juanita, rubs her tired feet and aching head from all of those stressful radio show interviews..STOP IT STOP IT LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE, I MEAN LEAVE MITT ALONE! It's the Leona Helmsley Story all over again!

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

    Well these comments confirm that liberals are selfish partisan evil people. But we already knew that. Karma is coming for you lefties. I cannot wait.

    September 21, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. K

    Glad everyone is safe and now back to business. Any man who lacks compassion for half of a nation, does not deserve to be Potus period.

    September 21, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. CurlyBill

    Hey, CBR. You have got to be kidding. Think back to the things that were said about Pres. Bush, his wife, his daughters. How about Reagan, his wide and his kids? Hate-filled personal attacks like these were patented by the democrats long before the current WH resident took office..

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

    Ironic..... Mitt Romney's campaign in a nutshell.

    September 21, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. iseesit

    Ann was smoking marijuana while in flight. This was stated by Fox News anchor Bill O'Rielly but the story has been pulled from the news

    September 21, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. 4pease

    Of course we are happy she landed safety. But to poke a little fun is normal.

    September 21, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. CNNuthin

    And at everyone who is saying Liberals and Democrats are being too mean, remember back to Ted Nugent's comments and how many of you wished Obama dead. How many people on CNN have commenting hoping the worst for Michelle Obama(I saw one post yesterday saying they hope Michelle drives off a cliff), and Jill Biden (Even with what happened to Biden's first wife.) You are not exempt and your party and followers are no better.

    September 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Lord of the Sith

    Come'on Man!!! She was burning through some of that $13.7 million in the back...

    September 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Bills Cat

    Poor woman finally had a breakdown after realizing she married an idiot. Or is this just another GOP publicity stunt to take attention away from the amazing Flailing Dummy and his Travelling Puppets?

    September 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Big George in Big D

    @rswfire – foolish post. Go on over the MSNBC. They will love you there.

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

    Barack Obama's middle name is Hussein. Therefore he is a Muslim. Therefore he is a terrorist. Therefore he is responsible for this.

    September 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. lovespandas

    Some awfully nasty (and unnecessary) post here. People, take your hate hats off.

    September 21, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Jeff--Former Republican

    It was her hopes of being first lady, going up in flames.

    September 21, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Shannon

    Glad she's ok, now she can go back to wagging her finger at all of us, while she whines about how picked on they are. Mitt says those of us who support the President act like victims, has he listened to his wife lately

    September 21, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Please get over it you right wing zealots. She is fine. Everybody is fine. It's not like this is the first plane ever to have to do an emergency landing. The non working wife just happened to be on board this particular plane. When you fly you take a chance that something will happen to the plane. Driving a car is even more dangerous and we all do it every day.
    Remember when Edwards' plane had a malfunction while campaigning? There were some pretty nasty comments from the right way back when.
    The plane didn't crash and nobody was hurt but they are going to milk this for the rest of their lives here on Earth and on planet Kolob.
    If this had been Mrs. Obama's plane the comments would have been ten times worse. It's all tongue in cheek. That's right, the rethugs idea of a joke is making jokes about where the President was born. Stop it! Stop it!

    September 21, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Demonfeed

    I'm out 50 bucks so far 😉 Glad to be wrong.

    September 21, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Iconoclast

    We need to learn how to shoot planes down better here in Colorado. We wanted her to land in Nebraska!

    September 21, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Shannon

    Uncle Sam

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


    This lovely woman as you call her refers to us as "you people" , says we don't have the right to vote, "it's just their turn to be President", and compares us to her horse, while saying her horse has more class. Won't she make a lovely first lady. What is wrong with you, that you admire someone like this. No one wants her hurt, but she is far from being a saint.

    September 21, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. A

    Poor Denver...always getting all the random emergency landings.

    September 21, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. archboy

    Pff...Their own plane anyway. It wouldn't happen if they flew like the rest of the 47%...commercial.

    September 21, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. What does "Mitt" Stand For? (Get it?)

    "Liar, liar, plane on fire."

    September 21, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Jonnyboy

    I wonder if the plane was bought with their "charitable donations" to the Mormon church

    September 21, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. us_1776

    Ann, we hope you're alright.

    Now Mitt's campaign is another matter.


    September 21, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. sparky

    I am glad that she landed safe and sound, and hope that she can enjoy the next four years anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    September 21, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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