Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day
October 2nd, 2012
09:12 PM ET
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Air Force Two aborts landing twice in one day

Washington (CNN) - For the second time on Tuesday, the aircraft carrying Vice President Joe Biden was forced to abort its original plan for landing.

Late evening, Air Force Two intended to land at Andrews Air Force Base after Biden spent the day campaigning in North Carolina. But heavy fog over parts of Washington forced the plane to circle skies over Washington for a while - then divert.

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"Due to a low ceiling and visibility below approach minimums, Air Force Two was re-directed to land at Dulles International Airport on the way back from Asheville, North Carolina," a White House official said.

The plane landed without incident some 45 minutes after its intended landing time. In addition to the vice president, others on board included administration officials, members of the military and the traveling press.

The White House official said that Biden would take a motorcade from Dulles to his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

After Biden de-planed, he jokingly told reporters, "This will teach you guys to come along with me on a trip. Good luck getting home."

Earlier Tuesday, en route to the first of two campaign events in North Carolina, Air Force Two was forced to abort its initial landing, creating a rough ride and passenger uncertainty over when the plane would land.

After a safe landing, Biden joked at the earlier Charlotte campaign event that the incident had caused "queasy stomachs" for those on board.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • North Carolina
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. informedcommonsense

    Bumps in the sky !?!

    October 3, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  2. guitarken

    Who was piloting? Paul Ryan?

    October 3, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Bad weather diverts a flight? I am shocked.

    October 3, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  4. goodegyptian

    Why can't pilots land through the heavy fogs using real-time view google maps? Oh, wait I forgot this is 2012 not 2022. Sorry.

    Time Traveller

    October 3, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. Tom

    Was Joe telling them how to fly again?

    October 3, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |

    Probabaly, the engine get stuck because Biden put his fĂȘt to the engine

    October 3, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Busterbrown

    And this is supposed to be news?

    October 3, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Joe was running his mouth and the hot air heated up the engines.........

    October 3, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. Arealpilot

    CNN is this not news. Please stop scarring the general public into thinking our Air Force cant transport our nations leaders. Missed approaches happen daily, and are the result of good decision making by the flight crew to not make a risky landing. The "political reporter" who wrote this probably has no knowledge on aviation, and is not qualified to talk about it. Even more so on a national news site.

    October 3, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  10. enuff

    Before anyone goes off spouting that it is a message from God, I have been on a plane in fog that tried to land and it wasn't worth it. I have been on a plane that caught fire and we had to evacuate on the runway. Message from God? Maybe. I've taken it as God adding spice and stories I can tell about how amazing He is!

    October 3, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. Drew

    When Mitt is in charge, Air Force Two will have windows you can open when it's too foggy to land!

    October 3, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  12. Ron

    Thank goodness everything went ok. I don't much care for Vice President Biden but I certainly don't want to see anything
    happen to him. He is better than some we have had,

    October 3, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  13. Troy McClure

    This is news, CNN? "Missed approach" is standard procedure in those situations. Are you trying to make up for largely ignoring the electrical fire (an actual emergency) on Mrs. Romney's plane?

    October 3, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. Andrew B.

    I think Joe was just trying to get more 'hooky' time away from the campaign while still drawing attention to himself at the same time. Brilliant!

    October 3, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  15. Mark

    I am sure somehow will find some way of making this political rather than just be happy those crews do exactly as they are trained to do – regardless of whose in that office.

    October 3, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  16. lolcat

    Since when are aircraft traffic

    October 3, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  17. Rick

    Wouldnt ATC advise Air Force 2 or any air craft, of unsafe approach conditions before allowing them to even consider making that airport a choice for landing?

    October 3, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  18. Richard Larson

    The only unusual factor in this story is that the VP was involved. Flight planning always involves selecting alternate landing sites if airports are fogged in, or are experiencing unsafe weather conditions. Not unusual at all. Now, if the plane had lost an engine, or blew out a landing gear, that would make for a real incidental story. You guys in the media get much too hyped up over nothing.

    October 3, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  19. SlackMeyer

    Hmmm... Biden must've been giving them landing advice.

    October 3, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. Hollywood

    These pilots have to make critical judgements within seconds. They do a supurb job with whatever is thrown at them.

    October 3, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  21. me

    Why is Biden and Obama using the jets for campaigning.They have their own money for fuel yet we the people or rather tax payers have to pay for it.That is not right.

    October 3, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    Glad it landed safely....well, it is vis major....

    October 3, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  23. Pinkflam

    "Where's the beef?" What's the political significance of this story? Would you have preferred that the pilot cream AF2 into the runway at Andrews instead of making a relatively safe landing at Dulles? Come to think of it...naw...

    October 3, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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