'Queasy stomachs' as Biden plane aborts landing
October 2nd, 2012
12:58 PM ET
2 years ago

'Queasy stomachs' as Biden plane aborts landing

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Bad weather caused the plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden to abort its initial landing, creating a rough ride and passenger uncertainty over when the plane could land.

The plane - Air Force Two – attempted to land at the Charlotte Douglas airport for a campaign event. After an initial descent, the military version of a Boeing 757 harshly pulled back up, jolting those on board and raising concern aboard that something was wrong.

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After gaining altitude, the plane circled the airport a few times. Reporters traveling with the vice president wondered what was wrong and when the plane would land. About 25 minutes after the initial jolt of turbulence, the plane landed safely. Weather forecasts showed scattered thunderstorms over the city.

Upon arrival at the campaign event, the vice president apologized for being about an hour late and mentioned the incident.

"Hey folks you probably feel like you waited as long as the convention took!" Biden said, referencing Charlotte's recent hosting of the Democratic National Convention. "I'm flattered any of you are left!"

"As the traveling press can tell you, there are some queasy stomachs on our plane…We got off [the plane] late because of weather. And we got here and we had to make several passes before we landed. That's why we're late, I promise you we take you seriously. It's ugh …blame it on the weather."

Last week Air Force One carrying President Barack Obama had a similar aborted landing due to weather.


Filed under: Joe Biden • North Carolina
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Glad everyone is okay. Get some of that good Carolina BBQ while you're down there Joe.

    October 2, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Glad our vice president is ok. Still want to see him replaced in November.

    October 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I am glad it landed safely. Obama12.

    October 2, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Mr.Data

    At least he didn't blame it on Bush.

    October 2, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Joe,God was sending you a message.

    October 2, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Snacklefish

    Good to see that we've got American Airlines pilots flying for our government now.

    October 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Independent

    Mitt does not fit, so you must omit

    October 2, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Awww another 'at least he didn't blame it on Bush'.... Never seen so many supporters of the 'party of accountability' defend unaccountability....

    October 2, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. NOTADEMOCRAT

    Meanwhile.., . news surfacing from Libya is making the O-Media teams stomach queasy.
    As reports come in that say U.S. diplomats in Libya repeatedly asked the Obama administration for more security in Benghazi in the run-up to the Sept. 11 terror attack on the consulate, but were 'denied these resources,'

    October 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. ObamaRunningMate

    OHMERGERD! Obama DOES have a running mate! I thought they locked him up LONG AGO.
    Now, onto the sluggish economy and the White House failures. Oh wait, CNN doesn't report those. They are too afraid to tell the truth.

    October 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    He did not make "THAT 47%" comment. Watch that comment by mitt the twit. Enjoy.

    October 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. rosco

    Diplomats asked repeatedly for more security before Libya attack, lawmakers claim

    wouldnt have been much of a loss

    October 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Derka Derka Derka

    No Joe, those sour stomachs are from having to listen to your BS for an additional hour.

    October 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Ed1

    Did Joe get a tummy ache so sorry hope you had time to get some tums.

    October 2, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Frank, I guess you do not recall the 'message' to Ann when her plane when it had to land because of a fire.

    October 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Ken

    If I was a religious person, I would say God was giving warnings to Obama and Biden about their actions (in office and in the campaign). Then my "Liberal all the way" niece would chastise me for believing in the writings in a 2000 old book and how stupid I must be to believe in that crap.

    October 2, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. simp

    @ FRANK "Joe God was sending you a message"

    What an idiot, was God sending that wannabe ann romney a message when her plane start filling with smoke? what a stupid comment especially since all of these canadates and their spouse travel all the time by air. frank the clown you need to be careful what you say.

    October 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. The REAL Truth...

    @frank – more of the right wing stupidity that ranks up there with Willard wondering why aircraft windows don't open.

    October 2, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Rich

    I had a similar incident in St. Louis where he aborted landing two times before we finally landed in worse turbulence than the first two times.

    October 2, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. ima doofus

    Too bad.
    Charlotte needs some urban renovation, and the cretins plane debris would be a nice start.

    October 2, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Lionel

    That's ok Joe, God already sent a warning to Queen Ann and Mitt the Twit. I wouldn't be surprised if the Republicans were behind this and i wouldn't put it pass them Ha Ha Ha...

    Glad that your are okay.

    October 2, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. John N Florida

    Good flying! Kudos to the pilots. Thanks fro keeping them safe.

    October 2, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Guest

    At least they are all safe – Alleluyah!

    October 2, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |