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. CBR

    Talk about a misleading headline. Airplanes do not land when the visibility does not allow the pilot to do so. Abort tends to mean the need to stop a landing for emergencies or problems on board,

    October 2, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. Name

    Don't mean to discount this report however abort landings are common and usually safe glad the VP is safe

    October 2, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. ryan

    This isn't news. This isn't even unsafe, it is routine in low weather if the plane can't get into and airport below minimums.

    October 2, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. jenny

    Queasy stomachs?? I had to wait for 3 hours in the charlotte airport today because my husband's (who was away on training and I hadn't seen in 2 months) plane got diverted to Raleigh all because Biden's aircraft chose to land at the airport and close all incoming and outgoing traffic. They also shut down all of the highways leaving charlotte! When there are a TON of military installations to land at in NC that would provide a much more secure aircraft environment, why do these politicians act like royalty and delay the travels of thousands of people for their campaigning!!! I could understand if it was an emurgency situation he was speaking at, but no, all of these taxpayer funds to shut down airports and highways spent on a POLITICAL CAMPAIGN!! Isn't the use of taxpayer funds for campaigning illegal??

    October 2, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Da'ud Muad'dib

    How did all the others on the airplane get home? It's all well and good for the VP to joke if there is a plan, not at the individuals expense, to get everyone back either home or to their intended landing site but not if everyone really is on their own.

    October 2, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. George Pitaki

    I think this might be a sign regarding the Obama camp and what is to come. I like it!!!!

    October 2, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. VinMan301

    They don't call them "aborted landings" anymore. That's too scary. The airlines tell passengers "We had to discontinue our approach". Doesn't that sound more chill?

    October 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Andrew

    A grey haired confused former VP gets out of a car at Union Station, Washington D.C. on the morning of January 20, 2013. The driver politely says to him, "Good luck getting back home Joe"

    October 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. dhkeith

    So what? Why is this reported? Aircraft are diverted or held all the time. I applaud the pilot and ATC folks for waving him off. This is really non-news.

    October 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. poz co

    Why is this news? Missed Approaches and aborted landings happen everyday...... EVERYDAY!!!!! Did you guys even talk to Air Traffic Controllers, pilots, or any aviation enthusiast on how common these things are? For goodness sake CNN, check the realistic nature of such occurences before you embarass yourselves by making a story out of common events. "Air Force Two Aborts Landing Twice In One Day." Ummm..... So? You might as well have dedicated a whole page to telling me that the sun came up this morning..... the concept of each story would not have been that different. Jeez!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. ChiTownArt

    Is the pilot of Air Force Two also a general officer like on Air Force One?

    October 2, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Danthefisherman

    See what happns when you let Joe take the controls?

    October 2, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. Harry

    Very glad to hear that even the Air Force has IFR approach minimums that are respected / followed regardless of who is on board!!

    October 2, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Chip Douglas

    Is AF2, operated by American Airlines? Just askin....

    October 2, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. jimbo

    Even the weather is giving us a sign of discontent when it affects the planes of Biden, Obama, Ann Romney and Mitt's aircraft.

    October 2, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. volsocal

    Campaign stops in North Carolina. So that's what the taxpayers bought that plane for.

    October 2, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. w5cdt

    It's called a missed approach......

    October 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. w5cdt

    It's called a "missed approach" not a "landing abort"....c'mon guys...spare us the sensationalism....

    October 2, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. Mr Scott

    I knew it. The first time it was a legitimate wave-off. The second was due to a Biden gaff...

    October 2, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Bill

    an ab an abort landing it happens every da just because they are the vi just because they are the vice president or president doesn't make it news you should have to repay your boss just because they are the vice president or president does not make them special the FAA minimums are there for a reason to a void a disaster

    October 2, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. DanH

    That wasn't an aborted landing. Guess you'll do anything to generate a 'story' huh?

    October 3, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. Andrew

    dear CNN,
    stop reporting on aviation non incidents find someone who knows something about aviation and consult them as to whether the story is worth reporting ... this is not, and neither were the last 3 aviation stories you ran. This is piss poor sensationalist reporting and displays a complete lack of understanding for one of the most important industries in the world. grow up.

    October 3, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Liberal Nutjob

    Liberals are willing to abort anything

    October 3, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Mark Stanfield

    This is not news-worthy. Quite the opposite. Aircraft execute missed approaches all the time, for a variety of reasons and it almost NEVER is an indication that something is seriously wrong. So the ceiling and visibility didn't allow the pilot to terminate the approach and continue to the runway. Big deal, the military and the FAA both have requirements for planning for such contingencies (e.g. diverting to an alternate airfield that has better weather for an approach). This is a worthless article, just like Air Force One's article about its missed approach from last week. When will the media ever get it right when it comes to aviation?

    October 3, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. Mike

    This presidential election has had more coverage of aircraft landings than any in history. The 24 hour hyper-partisan news cycle is running out of material.

    October 3, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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