July 22nd, 2008
06:08 PM ET
15 years ago

Plane carrying Ron Paul, congressmen makes emergency landing


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(CNN)— A plane carrying Texas Rep. Ron Paul and six other members of Congress was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday due to mechanical issues.

According to the Federal Avaiation Administration (FAA), Continental Airlines flight 458, a Boeing 737 en route to Washington, DC from Houston made a rapid decent in New Orleans when the pilot reported pressurization problems.

Reps. Ted Poe, Nick Lampson, and Henry Cuellar, Solomon P. Ortiz, John Carter, and Ciro Rodriguez were among those aboard the flight. The FAA says the plane had a safe landing in New Orleans with no injuries.

Update: Trevor Kincaid, a spokesman for Rep. Nick Lampson, tells CNN the congressmen are being rebooked on two different flights from New Orleans to Washington, D.C.

Kincaid said Lampson told him, "there was a minor technical failure with the pressure" and there was "a slow gradual descent, no nosedive." Lampson told him in a phone conversation that, "some people didn't realize there was a problem until the gas masks came down." Lampson said there was no panic on the plane and praised Continental Airlines for their handling of the situation.

Filed under: Congress • Ron Paul
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Sifa

    Thank God they are all ok.

    July 22, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Griff

    What do you think Ron? Chubby Checker, works for CNN...

    July 22, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Patricia

    Glad to hear all are safe too. Something happended to Obama's plane too! Forget about the centralized commie/fascie federal government, run for Governor of Texas and make it a sanctuary for Americans!! Do it Ron Paul, we'll help! Then after we start the shangrila, others will follow suit and recoup America for the Americans!! God bless all of us.

    July 22, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. rico

    Conspiracy theories? Who needs conspiracy theories (CTs) ??

    CT1: A failed attempt was made on Rep. R.Paul.s life.
    CT2: A foiled attempt was made on Rep. R.Paul.s life.
    CT3: A staged attempt was made on Rep. R.Paul.s life.
    CT4: A failed staged attempt was made on R.Paul.s life.
    CT5: A foiled staged attempt was made on R.Paul.s life.
    CT6: Someone else was the target; R.Paul was nearby.
    CT7: Plane was sabotaged by disgruntled ex-employee.
    CT8: Plane was sabotaged by govt HAARP disruptor rays.
    CT9: Plane was damaged by Uri Geller 's mental waves.
    CT10: Plane was brushed by smart quantum black hole.
    CT11: Plane was brushed by Hand of Death but reprieved.
    CT12: Plane was brushed by falling Chinese astronaut(s).
    CT13: Plane was brushed by ghost fetus seeking revenge.
    CT14: Nothing happened. There's nothing to see. Go away.

    Et cetera, et cetera. Those are just some likely CTs in brief. For fully expanded, carefully worked out CTs, hire me as a consultant.

    July 22, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. young voter

    Bless you Dr. Paul

    July 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The same guys that got JFK are trying to get Ron Paul.

    July 22, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Steve

    Thankfully they werent successful in eliminating Ron Paul!

    July 22, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Mohammed, Minnesota

    July 22nd, 2008 7:36 pm ET

    S: Let the consipary theories BEGIN!

    LOL i was thinking the same thing. What the heck ill start one...is it me or is it odd that Both Ron paul and Obama had plane issues a month apart...im not sayin, im just saying. If it happens to again this will no longer be a theory lool

    July 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Willy

    Hold your hand holding session with Obama you RINO!

    July 22, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Ann

    Ron Paul 2008! That's the real hero of this election campaign, not McCain and Obama. If only Ron Paul had fair media coverage and equal time at the debates!

    I will VOTE for RON PAUL anyway.

    We, the people, are being lied to on a DAILY BASIS.


    July 22, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Mr. Binky

    Why is it that hardly ever, if at all, are there any planes with neo-cons that have to land for an emergency, or crash land? It seems the GOP is "protected" pretty well. It makes you wonder why the engine failure, or other problems, with all the Dems' who've been killed in plane crashes (Paul Wellstone, JFK Jr., Mickey Leland, etc)... and no GOP that I can recall have ever been in any type of plane incident, much less injured or killed.... Very odd coincidence. Ron Paul is a Republican, but he's running against McCain... Interesting. What else besides choosing a VP has Mr. McSame's camp been organizing?

    July 22, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Rave

    This must be McPain's piece of work. 🙂
    Ron is definitely better than McCain
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 22, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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