Harris’s spokesperson, Kirsten Allen, confirmed the diversion in a statement, mentioning, “Tonight, en route from Atlanta, GA, Air Force 2 was diverted to Dulles International Airport from Joint Base Andrews due to inclement weather.”
The diversion was prompted by “wind shear,” as disclosed by a source familiar with the incident. Wind shear refers to a sudden change in wind speed or direction over a short distance, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Despite the unexpected change in plans, the plane landed safely at Dulles International Airport, and Vice President Harris has since returned home unharmed.
The incident occurred amidst heavy rains and high winds affecting a significant portion of the East Coast on Tuesday, with the adverse weather conditions expected to persist into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The episode highlights the impact of weather challenges on even high-profile air travel, emphasizing the importance of safety measures and precautionary actions in the face of unpredictable weather patterns.