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Sen. Marco Rubio's plane makes safe emergency landing; he misses Iowa rally

An aircraft carrying Sen. Marco Rubio to a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a safe emergency landing in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday with an electrical problem, an aide said.

The information office at the Albuquerque airport told NBC News that the pilots reported that a sensor had gone off indicating an electrical issue. The plane landed at 3:58 p.m. local time and taxied under its own power, the office said. Rubio was flying from Las Vegas on a private plane.

Tweets from Rubio's Twitter account said that he was unable to make it to the Des Moines rally but still managed to speak to the crowd via cell phone. According to one tweet, this was the second plane that Rubio had been on on Saturday that had a problem: "I know how to take a hint!" 

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, has been spoken of as a possible vice presidential choice for Romney and has made appearances on his behalf.