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WASHINGTON, DC, 9 March – On Saturday evening, a jet-carrying former US President Donald Trump made an emergency landing in New Orleans after experiencing engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Wednesday.
According to the source, the plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, had traveled around 75 miles from a New Orleans airport before returning to the city. Among the other passengers were Secret Service personnel, support staff, and several of Trump’s advisors.
A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the incident.
The plane was returning Trump to his Palm Beach, Florida, home from a New Orleans hotel where he was speaking at a private event for Republican Party donors, the person added.
The jet belonged to a donor who lent it to the former president for the evening, the person claimed, and Trump advisers arranged for him to fly back to Florida on another donor’s plane.
Politico and the Washington Post initially reported on the encounter on Wednesday.
Doina Chiacu contributed reporting; Cynthia Osterman edited the piece.