Mar 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Plane carrying Trump made emergency landing in New Orleans due to engine issues

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Donald Trump. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A plane carrying former President Trump made an emergency landing in New Orleans late Saturday after suffering engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The plane took off from New Orleans, where Trump spoke to Republican donors at a private event, and was en route to Palm Beach, Fla., per the Post. Approximately 75 miles after taking off, the plane turned around and returned to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

  • The plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, carried several Secret Service agents, other staff, Trump and some advisers, according to the Post.
  • A source familiar with the matter confirmed the Washington Post story.
  • The landing was first reported by Politico.

State of play: According to the Post, the plane belongs to a GOP donor who loaned it to Trump for the night. The donor was not identified.

Spokespeople for Trump and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport did not immediately respond to Axios' requests for comment.

  • As the plane was landing, an air traffic controller told the pilot that "There will be vehicles following you down the runway," according to audio reviewed by the Post. "I appreciate it," the pilot responded.
  • The former president did not return to Florida until Sunday morning.
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