Pence Fine After Plane Slides Off Runway

No injuries reported at LaGuardia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2016 9:03 PM CDT
Pence Fine After Plane Slides Off Runway
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's campaign airplane sits partially on the tarmac and the grass.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday, tearing up two tracks of concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass. Pence told reporters that no one had been injured, reports the AP. "We can see mud on the front windows," a calm Pence said in the press cabin about a minute after the plane came to rest. He said he felt fine. Later, the Indiana governor tweeted: "So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!"

In Geneva, Ohio, Donald Trump told his supporters that Pence had come "pretty close to grave, grave danger." But, he added: "I just spoke to Mike Pence and he's fine. Everybody's fine." After a bumpy approach, the Boeing 737 Eastern Airlines charter landed roughly, making first contact with the runway concrete. The pilot slammed on the brakes and passengers could smell burning rubber. The roughly 40 passengers and crew, including Pence, were evacuated through the back of the plane. The Port Authority shut down the runway following the incident, but later reopened it. In a statement, the agency confirmed that the plane had "overshot" the runway and that there were no injuries. (More Mike Pence stories.)

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