Air Force One, with Obama on board, aborts landing

Air Force One is seen on final approach carrying President Barack Obama 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 at the airport in New London, Conn., before trying again and landing safely. (Jessica Hil)

May 18, 2011 9:01:17 AM PDT
Administration officials say Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard made an aborted landing attempt at the New London, Conn., airport before trying again and landing safely.

The White House and the 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 New London, where the president traveled Wednesday morning to deliver the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says 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.