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Obama plane aborts landing, touches down safely

The official plane carrying US President Barack Obama aborted an initial landing on Wednesday due to poor weather before safely touching down in Connecticut, aviation officials said.

world Updated: May 18, 2011 22:32 IST

The official plane carrying US President Barack Obama aborted an initial landing on Wednesday due to poor weather before safely touching down in Connecticut, aviation officials said.

"The pilot attempted to land at 9.50am (1350 GMT) and because of poor visibility, he decided to do a go-around and he landed at 10.05" at Bradley International Airport in the state of Connecticut, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Tammy Jones said.

"There was no danger. It was a routine procedure" conducted when a pilot determines there is insufficient visibility to land safely, she said.

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro also confirmed that Air Force One "did a go-round" at Bradley due to bad weather, and "circled around and landed safely a few minutes later."

Obama flew to Connecticut, north of New York city, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other officials to address the graduating class of the US Coast Guard Academy.

He was originally due to fly by helicopter from the airport to the academy, but the White House changed the plans due to the foul weather and decided to travel by motorcade, according to NBC News.

Obama began his Coast Guard commencement nearly two hours after landing in Connecticut.

The incident comes exactly one month after First Lady Michelle Obama was herself involved in a close call in the skies.

On April 18, the plane in which she and Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill were traveling was ordered to execute aborted a landing at Andrews Air Force Base when their aircraft came too close to a 200-ton military cargo jet that was landing in front of them. Both planes landed safely.

American transport officials said an air traffic controller error was to blame in last month's incident.

US air traffic controllers have faced heavy scrutiny recently after a series of incidents in which some fell asleep while on duty, leading officials to sack some workers and announce a new "zero tolerance" approach for such activities.