President Donald Trump’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday evening after the engine failed mid-flight.
Trump was flying home to Florida from New Orleans when the plane suffered a malfunction over the Gulf of Mexico.
He was returning home after giving a speech on Saturday night at a Republican National Committee-hosted donor retreat in New Orleans.
The plane was in the air for between 20 and 30 minutes when one of the engines failed.
The pilot of the private plane immediately made the call to turn around and head back to New Orleans.
The plane was headed to Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump lives at Mar-a-Lago.
After the plane landed safely, the RNC arranged another flight to get Trump home.
They reached out to a donor who had a plane available and got the 45th president home safe and sound around 3 a.m. Sunday.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 9, 2022
Plane carrying former president Donald Trump made an emergency landing Saturday after engine failure over Gulf of Mexico https://t.co/xozQrUucQP
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 9, 2022
NEWS: Trump’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday evening following his speech at the RNC-hosted donor retreat in New Orleans, after one of the 4 engines failedhttps://t.co/PKh5hJFjGI
— Alex Isenstadt (@politicoalex) March 9, 2022
According to Politico:
Audio of the communications between the pilot and the air traffic control tower revealed that the landing was described as “emergency in nature,” according to the source, who had been briefed on the recording.
From The Independent:
Donald Trump’s plane had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans not long after taking off from the Louisiana city after the aircraft suffered an engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico.
From The Hill:
According to the tracking data, the Post reported that a map of the evening flight showed the plane was over the water when it turned around and went back to New Orleans to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
The private plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, had Secret Service agents onboard along with other support staff, and Trump advisers, the Post added.