Plane with Hillary Clinton aboard returns to gate after mechanical issue

Hillary Clinton (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton was aboard an American Airlines flight from New York that suffered a mechanical issue and needed to return to the gate Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, according to a law enforcement source. A separate law enforcement source confirmed Clinton was aboard a plane that experienced a mechanical issue and needed to return to the gate.

American Airlines officials said Flight 2144 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Washington’s Reagan National Airport returned to the gate around 3:15 pm, ET, after ground personnel saw the mechanical issue, according to the source.

Pilots told authorities the plane shook and ground personnel saw smoke and discovered metal debris in the area after the incident, which took place hundreds of feet from the terminal, according to the law enforcement source. Passengers boarded a different aircraft and departed for Washington at 4:45 pm, ET, according to the airline.

A representative for Clinton declined to comment. U.S. Secret Service didn’t immediately return a request for comment from CNN.

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