Plane carrying Trump forced to make emergency landing – Fox News

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A private plane carrying former President Donald Trump was forced to make an emergency landing over the weekend, according to a source familiar with the incident.

The emergency landing occurred on Saturday after Trump delivered a speech at a GOP donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee in New Orleans.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during the Save America Rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. July 3, 2021.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during the Save America Rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. July 3, 2021. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)

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The incident was first reported by Politico. The plane was in the air between 20 and 30 minutes when one of the engines failed and the pilot of the aircraft decided to turn around and return to New Orleans airport, Politico reported. The plane was reportedly in route to Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump resides at his Mar-a-Lago property. 

Audio communications between the pilot and air traffic control personnel, according to a source who spoke with the outlet, described the landing as “emergency in nature.”

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at HoverTech International, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Allentown, Pa.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at HoverTech International, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Allentown, Pa. ((AP Photo/Alex Brandon))

A Trump spokesman told Fox News that Trump’s Boeing 757 from the 2016 campaign is being totally refurbished – including new engines and new interior – and that the plane should be in operation again in the coming weeks or months.

The reconstruction of the plane, dubbed Trump Force One by the former president and his cohorts, was touted in an email sent to his supporters this week. That email asked recipients if they “want to see the new Trump Force One” and linked to a WinRed contribution page.

Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times/Getty Images)

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A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this article.

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