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Plane Carrying Mike Pence Skidded Off the Runway After Landing, No One Injured

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A plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off the runway on Thursday evening after landing in New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

No one onboard was injured. Pence was traveling with aides, Secret Service personnel and a traveling press corps. The plane is operated by a private Miami-based charter company, Eastern Airlines, according to Politico.

Donald Trump‘s running mate tweeted after the incident, saying he was glad “everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many.”

Pence canceled an appearance at a closed-door fundraiser that had been scheduled at Trump Tower, according to CNN.

Emergency crews were on sight, where there was noticeable damage to the runway. Flights at LaGuardia Airport were suspended immediately, but resumed later on.

When the incident occurred, Trump was in Ohio campaigning, but he addressed the rally in Geneva about the event.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

“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.”

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.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also referenced Pence’s close call in a tweet.

CNN reported that Pence’s trip to New York City had initially been delayed due to inclement weather. His plane was kept in a ground hold at the airport in Fort Dodge, Iowa before deeming it safe to fly out.