PUEBLO – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cancelled a weekend rally after a because of a fatal plane crash Sunday morning at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Romney was scheduled to speak Sunday afternoon at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum located near the airport.
The pilot of an experimental KR2S plane was killed when the plane attempted to do a 180 degree turn. The fatal accident forced the closure of the airport’s two long runways – another runway is too short to land larger commercial jets.
Romney’s campaign issued a statement to the media confirming that the event was cancelled because of the crash which is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board.
“The campaign has not made a decision on whether thePueblo rally will be rescheduled,” said Ellie Wallace, Colorado Victory Communications Director who oversaw local press credentials for the event.
By noon Sunday, the campaign had sent cancellation notices to event ticket holders.
Romney spent most of the weekend at home in Massachusetts before heading to Los Angeles later in the day.
According to current polls, Romney and Obama are running neck-and-neck in Colorado.