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Video: Air Force One passenger falls down stairs while deplaning

Air Force One refuels at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on President Donald Trump's return to Washington D.C. from the North Korea summit, June 12, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
February 22, 2023

A passenger on Air Force One was caught on video falling down half the stairs while deplaning after President Joe Biden landed in Poland yesterday. They appeared to suddenly slide down the railing to the ground.

People at the bottom of the stairs were able to somewhat break the person’s fall before they thudded to the ground. It is still unclear who the person was.

A close-up view of the moment was broadcast on Polish television and shared on social media.

A White House spokesperson told Newsweek that the person who fell was not Biden. Separate video published by ABC News showed Biden walking by himself down another set of steps near the front of the plane.

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A wider view of the tumble, which also showed the staircase that Biden used, was published on YouTube by The Independent.

Biden himself has drawn attention for falling on the Air Force One stairs, but while he was on the way up. Climbing the stairs in March 2021, he appeared to suddenly have trouble standing and fell several times. After recovering, he brushed his pants off, went up the rest of the way, then saluted.

Biden spoke in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, days before the one-year anniversary of Russia launching its Ukraine invasion. The Poland trip followed a secretly-planned Monday visit to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, where Biden announced another $500 million in military aid to the country.

“One year into this war, Putin no longer doubts the strength of our coalition, but he still doubts our conviction. He doubts our staying power,” Biden said during the Warsaw speech. “But there should be no doubt, our support for Ukraine will not waiver. NATO will not be divided and we will not tire.”