VP Nominee Mike Pence’s plane skids off New York runway, no one injured


NEW YORK — Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence’s campaign plane slid off the runway at New York City’s LaGuardia airport Thursday evening. No one was injured, officials said.

Emergency crews rushed to respond to the incident and campaign staff and members of the press were asked to disembark from the plane.

The governor was traveling to New York from Iowa for a fundraiser at Trump Tower. The Trump campaign said Pence will no longer attend the event in light of the incident.

His wife, daughter and several campaign advisers were also on board.

“Mr. Trump did reach out to Governor Pence and is very glad everyone on board the plane is safe,” the campaign said in a statement.

Earlier in the night, Pence tweeted a picture of him tossing a football on the tarmac in Iowa. The campaign plane had been held because of weather conditions in New York, officials said.

It’s worth noting that last month, during the first general election presidential debate at New York’s Hofstra University, Donald Trump called LaGuardia a “third world” airport.

“You land at LaGuardia … you come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land — we’ve become a third world country,” he said.

In a statement, the New York City Port Authority said planes were temporarily halted from landing or departing the airport because of the incident.

The incident on the tarmac took place just before Trump took the stage in Geneva, Ohio, Thursday evening.

Trump called his running mate during the 50-minute ride between the Cleveland airport and the Geneva venue, but did not mention the accident until near the end of his rally.

“By the way, I just spoke to our future vice president and he’s okay,” Trump said roughly 40 minutes into his remarks and moments before he closed. “Do you know he was in a big accident with the plane? The plane skidded on the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger.” In fact the plane was not in grave danger and thankfully no one was injured.

Reiterating that he just spoke with Pence, Trump added “he’s fine, got out, everybody’s fine, everybody’s fine.”

Trump capped off the riff by further applauding his choice to pick Pence. “What a great decision it was to get Mike Pence. What a great guy he is. What a great job he’s doing.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also responded to the incident with a signed tweet from her Twitter account saying she was “Glad to hear” that Pence and those on board were safe.

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