Republican VP pick Mike Pence’s plane slides off airport runway
PHOENIX — Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s plane slid off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday.
Pence told reporters that no one had been injured.
“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.
Pence was flying to New York from Iowa, where he spoke at a campaign event in Fort Dodge.
LaGuardia was closed soon after the incident.
A video posted to Twitter showed LaGuardia’s runway was damaged.
In Geneva, Ohio, GOP presidential candidate 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.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reached out on Twitter.
Pence is scheduled to attend two campaign rallies on Friday: One in Bensalem, Penn. and another in Smithfield, N.C. It is unknown if the plane slide will affect his schedule.
Some delays were reported at LaGuardia on Thursday. All were weather-related. The forecast called for rain that will continue into Friday morning.
Campaign spokesman Marc Loetter told reporters that Pence had missed his fundraiser in New York City and was headed to his hotel for the night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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