DENVER (AP/CBS4) – A plane carrying Ann Romney, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after smoke filled the cabin. No injuries were reported.
An apparent electrical fire forced the detour on the flight from Omaha, Neb., to Santa Monica, Calif., campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. The candidate and his wife spoke immediately after the incident, said Saul, who shared photographs on Twitter of firefighters boarding the private jet.
Rick Gorka, a spokesman traveling with Mitt Romney, said Mrs. Romney told her husband that everyone was fine.
Secret Service spokesman Max Milien in Washington said there were no injuries on the plane and everyone deplaned after the 2:25 p.m. local time landing. He declined to provide other details.
Romney was in Nevada, appearing at a fundraiser and rally on Friday. He did not mention the incident during a rally, but aides said he spoke to his wife from a car on the way to the event.
Mitt Romney later was heading to California for a weekend of fundraisers.
The following was released by Laura Coale with DIA:
I can confirm that a charter flight diverted to DIA (challenger 600) at approximately 2:20 p.m. We received an alert for possible smoke in the cabin. Emergency responders from Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department and airport operations (who are housed at the airport) responded as standard protocol. The aircraft landed safely on runway 35L. Signature Flight Support provided a shuttle for the passengers and the aircraft was towed off the runway. All airport operations are normal.
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