Aborted attempt before Air Force One lands safely

Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama is seen on final approach at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Administration officials say Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard made an aborted landing attempt before trying again and landing safely.
Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama is seen on final approach at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Administration officials say Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard made an aborted landing attempt before trying again and landing safely. Jessica Hill/AP Photo

NEW LONDON (AP) — Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard made an aborted landing attempt at the Windsor Locks, Conn., airport Wednesday before trying again and landing safely, officials said.

The White House and Federal Aviation Administration say it was a routine maneuver where the pilot was in the process of landing, but because of weather conditions decided to circle the runway before trying again and landing safely.

The sky was heavily clouded in Connecticut, where the president traveled Wednesday to deliver the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London.

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said there was never any risk to the president. Reporters on the plane say they were not aware that the landing maneuver — which is called a "go around" — was happening.

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