quinta-feira, 19 de maio de 2011

Air Force One's forecast: missed approach

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even the commander-in-chief takes a back seat to bad weather.  Wednesday, just as Air Force One was approaching Hartford's Bradley International Airport to land, the pilot executed a missed approach and circled around.

Federal Aviation Authority spokeswoman Laura Brown tells CNN, "The plane had not yet reached the runway and the weather was 'bad' so the pilot circled around and lined up for another landing."

President Obama is scheduled to speak this morning at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduation ceremony in New London.  It was cloudy and rainy in Hartford this morning and the president's speech at the Coast Guard Academy which was originally planned outside was moved to an indoor location.

Air Force One circled around the airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, at approximately 9:50 a.m. At the time, the weather there was 55 degrees, extremely overcast and northwest winds at 11mph.

White House spokesperson Nick Shapiro confirmed the incident and said that due to the weather the pilot decided to circle around before landing the plane but added, "[T]his is a standard and safe procedure."

The president's plane did eventually land at the airport just a few minutes later, at 10:05 a.m., without incident.  It's not known if Obama knew about the missed landing.  Reporters traveling on Air Force One were unaware of the first attempted landing.

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