Kamala Harris’ plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews after the aircraft she was on suffered technical issues.
Harrris was flying to Guatemala City when all of the sudden there was an unusual sound coming from her plane’s landing gear which caused the pilot to turn back to Joint Base Andrews for an early landing.
One of the members of the press who were on board was quoted saying “there was an unusual noise that came from the landing gear when we took off but the landing back at JBA was completely normal.”
The technical issues raises a lot of eyebrows considering in March on her way to California she had some technical issues while she was onboard too.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a rocky start Sunday, when a technical issue grounded the plane after about 30 minutes into the flight. https://t.co/9K0S1TmGn3
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 6, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2021
CNN broke the story and had these details to share:
Kamala Harris, who was en route to Latin America on Sunday, safely returned to Joint Base Andrews after her plane had a “technical issue,” according to Harris’ chief spokesperson and senior adviser Symone Sanders.
“It is a technical issue. There are no major safety concerns,” Sanders said, adding that the vice president would be switching planes to continue the trip.
A spokesperson for the vice president declined to provide additional comment.
The print pooler on board Air Force Two reported that “there was an unusual noise that came from the landing gear when we took off but the landing back at JBA was completely normal.”
Harris boarded a new Air Force Two at 4:19 p.m., per the print pooler, and the plane departed shortly after, putting Harris two hours behind schedule.
Harris will be in Guatemala and Mexico this week, her first foreign trip as vice president, amid political pressure to stem the flow of migrants to the US.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 6, 2021
The Hill got the scoop too:
Harris’s plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews on Sunday because of a “technical issue” with the aircraft.
Symone Sanders, senior adviser and chief spokeswoman for the vice president, said Harris would be switching planes for her trip to Guatemala City because of a “technical issue,” adding that there were “no major safety concerns.”
When asked if she was OK, Harris told reporters traveling with her, “I’m good. I’m good.” She also gave a double thumbs-up.
“We all said a little prayer, but we’re good,” she added.
A reporter traveling with Harris said there was an unusual noise coming from the landing gear when the plane took off from Andrews, but the landing at the air base was normal.
Sanders later told reporters that, “Shortly after takeoff from Joint Base Andrews en route to Guatemala City, the Air Force Two crew noticed the landing gear was not storing as it should which could lead to further mechanical issues. While there was no immediate safety issue, out of an abundance of caution, they returned to Joint Base Andrews where they have all the parts and mechanics they need to fix the issue. Passengers boarded the back-up C32, which is an Air Force Boeing modified 757.”
Vice President Kamala Harris’s plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews after a technical issue with the aircraft was discovered after take-off https://t.co/szdNCJOAkY
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) June 6, 2021