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. Ralph

    Remember when candidates used buses, oh, back in 2008? Romney has at least two planes.

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. rc roeder

    SIgh, i am one of thise lefties and i am gllad that Mrs. Romney is well. I have no ill will to either her or her husband, I will not vote for him, but i do not wish them any harm

    September 21, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. harryjp4jp8

    K wrote: "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."

    Yes, glad all are safe. I seem to recall the current president not caring about those who carry bibles and guns. Does HE deserve to be POTUS? Watch out, your hypocracy is showing......

    September 21, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Chewbacca

    It's obvious Ann Romney's magic underwear saved the plane from crashing.

    September 21, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. sammy zoso

    The world will be a much better place after Nov. 6 when Obama will still be president and the agony and suffering from reading the "election coverage" will be over. Until the next one.

    September 21, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. grafixer

    That's what happens when your hubby outsources the electrical work on the private plane to Chinese labor. I wonder if he writes off this plane... or the other one? You do realize, the second jet is a major write-off, right? You can even get funding from the Feds for it. That's right... YOUR TAX DOLLARS help to pay for the second jets of the top rich.

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. CNNuthin

    I really hope that tonight on a phone call she screams at Mitt, "You tried to KILL me just for some sympathy votes?"

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. mary

    And this is supposed to bring about what?
    She landed safely?
    While many Americans are suffering, struggling.. She announces "don't worry, I am ok"..
    "WE're back on the campaign trail, trying to make sure you all suffer some more".....
    siiiiiiiiiigh....... :(

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Firefighters are the 47%

    James Said:

    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).

    ....................................it doesn't take much to pay to stage something

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Redd

    Time to garnish some sympathy votes with a false alarm. So many lies are coming out of the Romney camp, you don't know what to believe. I can't see myself living under a president who was so callous and vindictive as Romney. I would surely move to Canada if he were elected.

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. D Nell

    Why is this news?

    September 21, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. ATLmatt

    the plane the plane the plane is on fire...
    we dont need no water let the bird burn.

    September 21, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Mordac

    It's Obama's fault.

    September 21, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Jarhead4Life

    @ James – the African American women isn't actually there – Romney photoshopped her in.

    September 21, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Diane

    It's probably sabotage by lefties. These are some hate filled people. I worry for the Romney's safety daily.

    September 21, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. cheapseats2

    Many of you on this message thread are a real "credit" to your political i d e o l o g y.

    September 21, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Jonnyboy

    crisis averted. The caviar was delivered quickly and her craving was satisfied.

    September 21, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. jill

    I love her!

    September 21, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Bob

    Payback is a swift right hook :)

    September 21, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I think most of the 47% are the ones posting evil and rude posts on here. Sure you don't want the economy to get better, since that would actually mean that you would have to find a job and do something with your life. Not live on my tax dollars!

    September 21, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Lionel

    @James – It is shocking that there is an African American person. It was probably the only one at the event and they place her behind Ann. But I think she in blind as she has her eyes closed and probably deaf too as she can't hear the Repo lies.

    September 21, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. mb2010a

    Oh,no...the ashtrays were full again. Give me a break...the Republicans will try anything at this point...

    September 21, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. astu

    You Republican like you care for people except rich people.

    September 21, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. adam

    get back in the kitchen

    September 21, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. grgrgrgr

    Its amazing what our media reports on. This woman has nothing to do with the presidential race, yet people listen to her speeches as if shes running for president. If only half of my nations people had an IQ above double digits maybe we wouldn't be so $cr3wed

    September 21, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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