Plane Carrying Trump VP Mike Pence Skids Off Runway

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Luckily there was no real damage but the flights out of LaGuardia were on hold for at least an hour.

A Boeing 737 carrying Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence, his wife, daughter and 30 other people skidded off the runway while landing at LaGuardia airport in New York.

It was raining heavily at the time. The plane was stopped by a crushable type of concrete runway that halted the aircraft’s movement, the Federal Aviation Administration said, finally coming a standstill on an area of grass. The pilot slammed on the brakes and travelers could smell burning rubber.

No injuries were reported, and Pence said he felt fine.

"We can see mud on the front windows," he said after plane came to rest.

The Port Authority reopened one of the two runways at the airport, after closing it down for an hour. The other runway will remain closed indefinitely pending clearing of the aircraft.

Pence tweeted later that he was fine and appreciates the support.

 

 

Donald Trump called his running mate before a rally in Geneva, Ohio.

"I just spoke to Mike Pence and he's fine," Trump told the crowd at the rally. "The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger.”

Pence had been scheduled to attend a fundraiser at Trump Tower in Manhattan, but was unable to do so because of the incident.

Pence will resume his normal schedule Friday using a different plane, an aide said.

Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, on Twitter said she was glad Pence and the rest of the passengers and crew were safe.

 

 

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