By Keith Laing - 05/18/11 03:09 PM EDT
Air Force One had to attempt its landing in Connecticut twice on President Obama's trip there Wednesday.
Obama is traveling to New London, Conn., to give a commencement speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy. According to pool reports, his plane aborted its initial landing attempt at Bradley Air Force Base before landing safely the second time at 10:02 a.m.
"FAA confirming a missed approach at 950a," the pool reporter quoted Mark Knoller of CBS as saying. "Blames bad visibility. Says AF-1 had to go around and landed safely on 2nd try."
The White House confirmed the incident late Wednesday morning.
"The pilot was in the process of landing but due to weather the pilot decided to circle around and then landed the plane," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said. "This is a standard and safe procedure."
The president was scheduled to make the 70-minute drive in his motorcade and deliver the graduation speech at 11:30 a.m.