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Ann Romney details her plane scare

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The incident involving the would-be first lady's airplane took place last Friday when Ann Romney was flying from Nebraska to California. The plane made an emergency landing in Colorado after the pilot discovered smoke in the aircraft's cabin.

Ann Romney told the TV station that the plane's descent was "very, very quick," but she said nobody on board was panicked.

"Everyone was doing their job, and we were going down fast," she said. "I mean they did say it's gonna feel like we were really going, it's like G-Force going down."

Ann Romney said she was still concerned when the plane got on the ground.

"We landed, the door flew open, we flew, we got thrown off the airplane, and we were on the runway," she said. "I kept thinking to myself, this is Denver, this is a busy airport ... Can we go to the 'shoulder'?"

Mitt Romney has been derided by some liberal commentators for suggesting that Ann would have been safer during the emergency landing if the airplane's windows were able to be opened.

Oxygen fuels combustion, and airplanes are typically kept completely sealed during flights.

Mitt Romney made the comments about opening the airplane windows at a fundraising event in Los Angeles, with Ann in attendance. Romney has begun allowing press to cover his fundraising events since comments he made to donors at a closed-door event in May were secretly videotaped and leaked online.

He told supporters that his wife did not know how worried he was about her during the plane scare.

"She was choking and rubbing her eyes," Romney said of Ann's experience, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. "Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound."