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. Truly

    @grgrgrgr – Are you kidding? And are we to suppose Hillary had nothing to do with Bill's campaign. Yep, I agree with you on the IQ issue... that's why Obama is occupying the WH.

    September 21, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Jay

    She probably needed a double mocha latte.

    September 21, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. rosethornne

    We people don't care.

    September 21, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Name Penguin

    I'm glad she and everyone else landed safely. But flying on a "Canadair" from World Wide Jet Service. Is this a United States firm or does Mitt outsource his travel also?

    September 21, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Gues

    How do I get a job to be seen at Ann & Mitt campaign pics like that black lady?

    September 21, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. MagicPanties

    Hey Mitt, God is trying to tell you something.
    Forfeit the campaign now, or else.

    Or... it could be that there is no god and stuff just happens. Hmmm...

    September 21, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. @ Diane

    Hatred on the left? You mean about abortion, gays, immigrants, poor people, people who dont go to church, people who want guns to be better monoitored. The left sure hates A LOT of people. Good thing im a repub that is open to equality and care for my fellow man. That is a lifetime of energy wasted by the a certain side.

    September 21, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hi, I'm a Conservative Republican. Could you please send me some "I hate you" memos on this thread. Thank you. (Just doing some research.)

    September 21, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Brian

    Was her head or ego too big that the plane veered left?

    September 21, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Bushy Mustache

    She can just buy a new plane and go on.

    September 21, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Bushy Mustache

    Will someone please get Anne a double Mocha latte. Preferably one of you little people.

    September 21, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. larry larkin

    Looks like Willard tried to take her out. He's desperate for votes, getting the pity party behind him would help, but he screwed this up just like everything else he does.

    September 21, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Bushy Mustache

    All Rebulican women are Stepford wives. Freeky. This women is dumber than Dottie Sandusky.

    September 21, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. stainpouch

    Watch out for the ground, Ann–It's hard! It's hard!

    September 21, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Peter Wolfe

    Is this a ominous sign for Mitt's presidential campaign? All of these unexpected events could be offset by limiting political campaigns to a month for presidential, senatoral and representative elections and that would spend less petroleum energy in doing so as well. I'd also enforce federal limits on public money exclusively and ban pac's whether democrat or republican in any election because the lack of transparency and accountability involved. For all we know that chinese corporations could be influencing our elections and we wouldn't even know it. Perhaps also in the near future that we could vote in internet ballots for our candidates or whatever too!

    Birmingham, Alabama

    September 21, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Bushy Mustache

    To Mr Conservative Republican. Your party is DOA. Game over. go home and redo. All that remains are haters, racist, religous wingnuts, and the tea baggers. not much of a base. Robmehood and Ruin are toast.

    September 21, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Kathy

    Three words that I don't need or want to hear: "Ann Romney's Plane."

    September 21, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Notaryan

    The reason Ryan dislike Senior citizens with a passion and wants to do away with medicare is due to the fact his father died at a young age, probably got sick of his son and his pathetic treatment of others

    September 21, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. OMEN

    wow so rich and can not afford a nice plane? so cheap.

    September 21, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Mike

    On what a shame.

    September 21, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. robert mcmurray

    spew enough bull-Shart in the air and eventually carma will come to call.

    September 21, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    In retrospect it was probably a mistake to remove the left wing before takeoff.

    September 21, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. You Don't Say?

    How does wishing death on someone make you feel better? And if that had become a horrific accident, that would have meant not only Mrs. Romney being injured or killed, but other people on that plane along with her. Does that make you feel good? Does that make you feel big? Is that who you are on the inside? Because if it is, then that's too bad for you ~ on all kinds of levels ~ and some very serious ones with serious implications where you're concerned. At any rate, I'm glad everything and everyone is okay.

    September 21, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. kandy

    Was it another underwear bomber? You know TSA doesn't check passengers on private jets.

    September 21, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. rose

    So glad everyone was safe. Seriously. This woman is so creepy. Hey Ann, glad "you people" are ok.

    September 21, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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