Obama plane takes two attempts to land due to weather

By REUTERS
May 18, 2011 19:21

 
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EAST GRANBY, Conn., - Air Force One had to pull out of its first landing attempt at a Connecticut airport with US President Barack Obama on board on Wednesday, but landed easily on its second try with no danger to Obama or other passengers.

"The pilot was in the process of landing but due to weather, the pilot decided to circle around and then landed the plane, this is a standard and safe procedure," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

The Boeing 747 aircraft landed at 10:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, where there was heavy cloud cover and a light rain falling.

Passengers on the plane reported that nothing seemed unusual as the plane descended through low clouds before landing.

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