Air Force Two Aborts Landing Twice Due To Weather

10/02/2012 10:02 pm ET
  • AP/The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, Air Force Two was twice forced to change its initial plan for landing.

A thunderstorm in North Carolina forced the plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden to delay landing for more than 30 minutes.

Air Force Two was approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday when the pilot abruptly pulled up and circled for about 35 minutes because of thunderstorms in the area.

The White House called the tactic a "missed approach" and said the pilot of the Boeing 757 landed on the second attempt with no problems.

Biden, who arrived an hour late for a campaign event, referred to the bumpy ride and joked that there were some "queasy stomachs on our plane."

Later, when returning to Andrews Air Force Base, the plane was forced to circle Washington DC after heavy fog prevented the planned landing, CNN reports.

"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 45 minutes behind schedule.

Last week, bad weather forced Air Force One into an aborted landing as President Barack Obama campaigned in Ohio. There were no significant delays in that incident.

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