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Former President Donald Trump’s plane experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing Saturday in New Orleans, where he had just delivered a speech at a Republican National Committee-hosted event, according to reports.
The plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, ran into trouble over the Gulf of Mexico after leaving New Orleans en route to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. where he was speaking to Republican Party donors at a private event.
Audio between the pilot and air traffic control indicated that the landing was described as “emergency in nature,” Politico reported, citing a source who had been briefed on the recording.
The plane belonged to a donor who loaned it to the former US president for the evening and Trump advisers secured another donor’s plane to take him back to his home in Florida.
Other passengers included Secret Service agents, support staff and some of Trump’s advisers.
As the jet prepared to touch down in New Orleans, an air traffic controller told the pilot, “There will be vehicles following you down the runway,” the Washington Post reported.
“I appreciate it,” the pilot responded.
An air traffic control officer tells the pilot: “Try to maintain 2,000. They said there was a fog blowing in so I’m not sure how it looks for the visual but the airport is off to your right.”
Another voice says: “Down to 2,000 and we do have airport for 30 Foxtrot.”
The pilot says: “Copy that.”
A person says: “11308 runway 11 clear to land” and another adds “Clear to land 113 Foxtrot.”
Once Trump’s plane landed in New Orleans, the Republican National Committee reached out to a donor and found the former president another aircraft.
After news broke an email from Trump asked supporters to help fund a new plane.
“I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone,” he said.
“Do you remember Trump Force One? Before becoming the greatest President of all time, I travelled the Country in my plane, known as Trump Force One.”
“I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.”
The email then gives people the option to ‘see Trump Force One’ by clicking on a link, that allows them donate between $5 and $2,000.
It comes as the former president said one way to end Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was to distract it with a conflict with Beijing.
He said the US should put “the Chinese flag on them (F22 fighter jets) and bomb the shit out of Russia.”
“And then we say, China did it, we didn’t do it, China did it, and then they start fighting with each other, and we sit back and watch,” he said.
According to a recording of the speech, his suggestion was met with laughter from the crowd of wealthy Republican donors.
Trump called Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine a “massive crime against humanity” before attacking the west’s NATO alliance describing it as a “paper tiger”.
The Real Question
The real question to ask now is.. was this an assassination attempt or a true mechanical failure? It is clear that there are many people in this world whom do not want to see another Trump bid or presidency.
Is Hillary getting sloppy in her old age?