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Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake
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Posted on 04/19/2011 2:50:28 PM PDT by traumer

A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and had to abort its landing at Joint Base Andrews on Monday as the result of an air traffic controller’s mistake, according to federal officials familiar with the incident.

Ultimately controllers at Andrews feared the cargo jet would not clear the runway in time, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for their agencies.

FAA officials confirmed that the first lady was aboard the plane but had no additional immediate comment. They expected to release a statement later Tuesday. The first lady’s office also had no immediate comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration, already dealing with a series of controversies involving controllers sleeping and watching a movie on the job, sent a team of investigators Tuesday to the Warrenton radar control center, where the mistake was made.

The first lady was returning from a television appearance and other events with Jill Biden in New York and was aboard a Boeing 737 that is part of the presidential fleet of jets when the error occurred on final approach to Andrews.

The controllers in the tower at Andrews recognized that the massive C-17 and the Obama flight, designated EXEC1F, a classification for a plane carrying members of the president’s family, were far too close when the Warrenton controller handed off responsibility for the two aircraft.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: exec1f; faa; flotus; mobama

1 posted on 04/19/2011 2:50:30 PM PDT by traumer
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3 posted on 04/19/2011 2:52:00 PM PDT by traumer
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“Obama” and “Abort” in the same sentence seems to have many meanings.....


5 posted on 04/19/2011 2:53:44 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Karl Rove = Karl Marx)
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To: traumer

Unfortunately some of the the things she bought on this shopping trip, errr television appearance were jostled during the event.


6 posted on 04/19/2011 2:54:39 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: traumer

How did the Captain of this craft allow the cargo weight to be so close?


7 posted on 04/19/2011 2:55:13 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet

Wouldn't the 600-ton military cargo jet that transports Michelle have won out in any such collision?

8 posted on 04/19/2011 2:55:27 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“Obama” and “Abort” in the same sentence seems to have many meanings.....”
Nicely done

I do wonder though if they might have over reacted


9 posted on 04/19/2011 2:56:08 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: agooga

I heard that the Airforce call sign for any plane carring the first lady is the “Millenium Falcon”.


10 posted on 04/19/2011 2:56:24 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: traumer

So was the grifter on a private shopping trip on the taxpayer dole?


11 posted on 04/19/2011 2:56:35 PM PDT by dforest
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To: traumer

Damn, foiled again.


12 posted on 04/19/2011 2:58:08 PM PDT by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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"A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet..."

She is a biggun, ain't she?

13 posted on 04/19/2011 2:58:12 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: indylindy

More than likely.


14 posted on 04/19/2011 2:58:16 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama's 2012 Slogan: "We've got what it takes, to take what you've got"!)
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To: traumer

“I’ll take ‘taking off in the first place’ for $1000, Alex.”


15 posted on 04/19/2011 2:58:27 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (President Obama's approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the US)
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To: meyer

LMAO!!!!


16 posted on 04/19/2011 2:58:56 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama's 2012 Slogan: "We've got what it takes, to take what you've got"!)
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To: traumer

Was the controller watching Jeopardy?


17 posted on 04/19/2011 2:59:15 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: traumer

The military transport was carrying Michelle’s luggage.


18 posted on 04/19/2011 3:00:04 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: meyer

The C5-B was not available.


19 posted on 04/19/2011 3:01:07 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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20 posted on 04/19/2011 3:01:11 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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21 posted on 04/19/2011 3:01:29 PM PDT by traumer
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To: agooga

I would have thought she would have been on the 200-ton military cargo jet. Don’t like her, don’t like him. I’m glad she’s safe, Vera, not so much!


22 posted on 04/19/2011 3:02:21 PM PDT by WellyP
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23 posted on 04/19/2011 3:02:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Hmmm...perhaps air traffic controllers firing a shot across the ol’ Obama ship’s bow to suggest to them he may want to call off all the heat FAA’s putting on those sleepy little controllers? Who knows, next time maybe they just take a little nappy time before the Obummer’s next landing? Hmmmm?


24 posted on 04/19/2011 3:03:33 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (True Hope and Change comes only from Jesus Christ.....not some demagogic empty suit politician.)
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To: agooga

5th column


25 posted on 04/19/2011 3:06:51 PM PDT by knarf (qaqwawaaaa)
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To: traumer

With the size of her ass, she should have been on the cargo plane.


26 posted on 04/19/2011 3:07:30 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: traumer

Mistake? Did you say ‘Mistake”? HHHmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Verrrry Interesting!


27 posted on 04/19/2011 3:07:48 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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No comment....


28 posted on 04/19/2011 3:07:51 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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Glad to hear our First Lady has landed safely.

And I wish her well in 2013 in all of her private endeavors.


29 posted on 04/19/2011 3:08:16 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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30 posted on 04/19/2011 3:09:09 PM PDT by Errant
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GONE SHOPPING......


31 posted on 04/19/2011 3:10:18 PM PDT by traumer
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A bunch of hype about nothing.

“Aborted” the landing. Pure rubbish.

The jet was sequenced on approach and was inbound when the C-17 took a little longer to clear the runway than anticipated.

No big deal.

The jet was sent around and no landing was aborted.

The jet was never issued clearance to land and was only cleared for the approach.

Like when writing about firearms, reporters should pass a competency test on the basics so they can get the story correct and avoid overly-heated alarmist headlines and articles.

32 posted on 04/19/2011 3:10:21 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: traumer

Did she go to New York for lunch again?


33 posted on 04/19/2011 3:11:48 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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Thank goodness that the military air crew was safe...not saying anything else.


34 posted on 04/19/2011 3:12:54 PM PDT by celtic gal
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Joe Biden. Air traffic controller.


35 posted on 04/19/2011 3:13:13 PM PDT by dancusa (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. W. Churchill)
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36 posted on 04/19/2011 3:14:34 PM PDT by Errant
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A military cargo jet came dangerously close to a White House plane carrying Michelle Obama’s 200-ton ass ...”
37 posted on 04/19/2011 3:16:20 PM PDT by hflynn
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Where’s the sacrifice on the part of the WH?

Couldn’t the tv crews come to DC and save the taxpayers another million bucks flying her and her little friends on shopping trips????
I am sick and tired of these grifters telling the rest of us to sacrifice while they live it up like the Jeffersons.


38 posted on 04/19/2011 3:18:14 PM PDT by IceAge
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I like the fact that the planes ‘were far too close’, but we must understand we’re dealing with journalists.


39 posted on 04/19/2011 3:19:07 PM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: LibsRJerks

You have a knack for words. Well stated!


40 posted on 04/19/2011 3:22:23 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: traumer

Wouldn’t it be called EXEC1F-HEAVY when the first wookie was on board


41 posted on 04/19/2011 3:22:55 PM PDT by farmguy
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I heard that the Airforce call sign for any plane carring the first lady is the “Millenium Falcon”.

You win. I can't think of any reply that tops that one.

42 posted on 04/19/2011 3:24:53 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Now showing: Dark Ages II.)
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To: traumer

Darn, and I was hoping for another holiday. . .


43 posted on 04/19/2011 3:28:05 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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This happened about like Hillary’s descent into Iraq was done under enemy fire.

Yeah, sure, you bet...


44 posted on 04/19/2011 3:32:45 PM PDT by hattend (How much do you have to invest in the future before you've spent it and no longer have one? - Steyn)
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Mistake? Did you say ‘Mistake”? HHHmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Verrrry Interesting!

Gives new meaning to the saying: OBAMA: One Big A$$ Mistake . . .

45 posted on 04/19/2011 4:01:05 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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The Obamas, January 2013 departing for their homeland. Job well done!

46 posted on 04/19/2011 4:28:02 PM PDT by IbJensen (Grab your pitchforks!)
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The Obamas, January 2013 departing for KENYA


47 posted on 04/19/2011 5:37:58 PM PDT by traumer
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"Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake"

Is there anything the Obama's will not abort?

48 posted on 04/19/2011 8:15:54 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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NTSB getting involved now. I fear some approach controllers and AF tower personnel will be tossed under the bus (or Michelle’s backside!)


49 posted on 04/20/2011 9:55:16 AM PDT by castowell ("I'm 95% cured" - BHO, 6/23/09)
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Yeah. Sad to see the NTSB getting involved with a simple go-around that in no way was dangerous.
50 posted on 04/21/2011 5:15:26 PM PDT by Hulka
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