Plane carrying Trump reportedly made emergency landing after engine failure

Incident occurred over Gulf of Mexico as former president returned to Florida from rally in New Orleans on Saturday night

Donald Trump was flying with Secret Service agents, support staff and some advisers on a plane loaned by a Republican donor. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A plane carrying former US president Donald Trump was reportedly forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday night after suffering engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico.

The Dassault Falcon 900 had flown about 75 miles from a New Orleans airport before turning back to the city, an unnamed source told the Reuters news agency.

The plane had been taking Trump back to his luxury Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, from a New Orleans hotel where he addressed Republican party donors at a private event.

Other passengers included Secret Service agents, support staff and some advisers to Trump. The aircraft turned around just before 11pm.

The Politico website, which first reported the incident, cited a source as saying that audio of communications between the pilot and the air traffic control tower revealed that the landing was described as “emergency in nature”.

The plane belonged to a donor who loaned it to the former president for the evening, and Trump advisers secured another donor’s plane to take him back to Florida. He landed in Palm Beach at around 3am on Sunday.

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