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. gerard

    leave it to liberals to make fun of someone they do not like when they have a crisis. if it had crashed they would really be yucking it up. what a group of losers they are.

    September 21, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. JOE

    So,grab a chute and jump.You might land on DB Coopers money like you need it.

    September 21, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Phattee

    Perhaps she was suffering from the vapors.

    September 21, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. sunny in alaska

    Maybe her and Mitt wanted to have a quicky.

    September 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Dave

    yeah...whatever...She Opened her mouth and sucked the life out of the plane. Its a Spirit Baby thing.

    September 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Nick in Id

    CBR like you did to Bush?

    September 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. david

    come on people from both sides! the only comment that belongs on this page is i am glad they are all safe! by they way i am a dem but would feel that way about anyone.

    September 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. kirby

    Poor Ann, I'm glad she's alright. "Strange she has been less visible since the convention"...hummm

    September 21, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Independant Voter

    After reading all of these sick and evil posts, I have made up my mind who I will vote for; Romney/Paul 2012!

    September 21, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Wal

    You liberal democrats are nothing but sick, sick sick. And simple-minded. Grow up!

    September 21, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Firefighters are the 47%

    The firefighters are part of the 47% Mitt. Glad they landed safely.

    September 21, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. NOBAMA 2012

    Can't wait for the Romney/Ryan victory party in November!!!!!

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Common_Sense96

    The Chicago way of taking care of business – thank goodness they failed!!!! Wouldn't put this past any liberals!
    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. James

    Huh, the thing I find most shocking about this article is an African American person in the audience supporting a republican (look at the picture).

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Hutchinson

    Glad she's okay – just because I don't agree with her husband's politics doesn't mean that I think the level of discourse should seriously stoop to vicious comments, from either side. Also glad that the rest of the passengers, including two Secret Service personnel, are out okay. Let's just all agree that, politics aside, we're happy this wasn't a tragedy. Leave the partisan bickering for other threads.

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. SafeJourney

    Hey magicbeans, Mitt has some magic undies for you. Karma will be a beeeeeeach for you

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Romney cares less

    She has her OWN plane!?

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Me

    Did somebody forget the Grey Poupon?

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. AZWarrior

    Look at the hate being spewed here about a woman. Aren't you all so proud of your "wit". Too bad the plane didn't crash and burn so you all could have a big party eh? Maybe have some t-shirts printed up with burnt bodies of women on it for the campaign site store. Darn, bet you guys feel all cheated about what "could have been". You all make me sick.

    September 21, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. pink hase

    In Reply to Magicbeans, get a grip on reality please. Karma is coming and it's coming to anyone who does the wrong thing. Maybe the Romney's are getting a taste of their own karma. These people do not have clean hands. Magicbeans stop criticizing and calling people names. I think you should do a little reflecting. Who's evil?

    September 21, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Billsf

    I'm sure she's gonna say how Jesus stepped in and guided her plane to a safe landing!

    September 21, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Lionel

    I hope she is okay. But to poke a little fun, "Is this some sign from God for all their lies?"

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Frank

    "Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing" sounds more like a euphamism for how things are going for them. "Romneys Romulan cloaking device attempt fails, IRS discovers Swiss bank account details." "Romney's jetpack sputters, campaign craters." Etc.

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. iambicpentamaster

    Haterz gon' hate.

    Godspeed, from all us conservatives of color, Mrs. Romney!

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Jersey Shore

    Left wing zealots get your last words in now because you will be calling her the First Lady in 40 days or so,. Plus just think she will not be spending your tax dollars on vacations like the Obummer Family.

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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