Bad weather caused Air Force 2 to delay landings

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 2:06 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bad weather forced the plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden to delay landings twice on Tuesday.

Air Force Two was approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport when the pilot abruptly pulled up and circled for about 35 minutes because of thunderstorms.

The White House called the tactic a "missed approach" and said the pilot of the Boeing 757 landed on the second attempt.

Biden arrived an hour late for a campaign event and joked that the bumpy ride had left some with "queasy stomachs."

Biden's return trip also was delayed by weather.

Rain and fog forced his plane to land at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia instead of Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base. The plane circled the air base for 45 minutes before diverting to Dulles.

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