PENCE PLANE SCARE VP nominee’s jet skids off runway at NYC airport

 

 

DEVELOPING: A plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence slid off the runway while landing at New York City’s Laguardia Airport Thursday evening.

There was no immediate word of any injuries.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737, tore up two tracks of concrete on the runway before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

Fox News producer who was on the plane describes the event

 

“We seemed to be sliding for the distance of the landing and a burning smell became very obvious — like rubber,” Fox News producer Dan Gallo wrote in an email.

According to Gallo, Pence said that he saw mud on windows at the front of the plane when he came to check on passengers in the rear of the aircraft.

“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.

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The Indiana governor and other passengers were evacuated through the back of the aircraft as a large amount of emergency vehicles responded to the scene.

Campaign spokesman Marc Loetter later told reporters that Pence had missed his fundraiser in New York City and was headed to his hotel for the night. Pence later called into his fundraiser being held at Trump Tower from the car in the motorcade as he drove into Manhattan.

Campaign officials told Fox News another plane is on the way, and Pence looks forward to being on the campaign trail on Friday as planned.

A Trump campaign spokesperson told Fox News in a statement the Republican nominee reached out to his running mate after the incident.

“Mr. Trump did reach out to Gov Pence and is very glad everyone on board plane is safe,” Trump campaign spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said.

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management announced the airport was closed until further notice as a result of the incident.

New York City was being affected by heavy rain Thursday evening. It was not immediately clear whether that played a role in the landing.

Fox News’ Dan Gallo and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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