“It was a low ceiling and … we just immediately felt heavy braking on the runway,” the 57-year-old vice presidential candidate said during a Friday appearance on Good Morning America. “The plane fishtailed a little bit and just for a few seconds you could feel us bouncing off and with mud splattered up on the windows we figured we were off the runway but thank God everybody was fine.”
Pence, Donald Trump‘s running mate, was traveling with aides, Secret Service personnel and reporters when the aircraft slid off the runway. A concrete arrestor bed, designed to slow skidding planes at the end of the runway, helped stop the jetliner, officials said. No one on board was injured.
“We saw all the broken concrete … and I’m just really grateful,” he said. “Really grateful for some quick action not only by the pilots but also by first responders who were literally – it seemed like they were on the scene at LaGuardia before the air craft even came to a halt.”
He added: “My son’s a Marine Corps aviator and Michael [Pence] always tells us ‘Every landing you walk away from’s a good one.’ ”
In a tweet after the incident, Pence wrote that he was glad “everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many.”
The plane was towed away after the landing and is being examined by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to GMA.
Trump was campaigning in Ohio during the incident, but addressed the event at the rally, saying he had spoken to Pence.
“I just spoke to our future vice president, and he’s OK. Do you know he was in a big accident with the plane?” Trump said. “Everybody’s fine. But what a great decision it was to get Mike Pence. What a great guy he is. What a great job he’s doing.”
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Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign, said “Mr. Trump called [Pence] from the car. He reached out to Governor Pence and he is very glad everyone aboard is safe.”