Weather prevents the plane's first attempt, but the president touches down safely after circling a runway in Connecticut
Bad weather forced Air Force One to circle Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on its first landing attempt this morning before safely touching down on the second try, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro confirmed to reporters aboard the aircraft.
The plane was carrying the president to New London, Conn., where he delivered a commencement speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
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"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," Shapiro said.
Pool reporter Linda Feldmann of the Christian Science Monitor noted that the sky was overcast and a light rain was falling.
National Journal's Marc Ambinder was monitoring aviation frequencies when the incident occurred and wrote the following account off of notes:
The airport was landing planes in instrument conditions. It had turned on a localizer beam that, when "caught" by a plane's radio receivers, can direct it toward the center of the runway. Additionally, a glide slope beam provided vertical cues.