Mike Pence’s Plane Skids Off LaGuardia Runway

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02:  U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) (L) and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) answer reporters questions during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Pence and DeMint introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Pence;Jim DeMint

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WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 02: U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) (L) and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) answer reporters questions during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Pence and DeMint introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Pence;Jim DeMint

Nora Cooper, Writer

Thursday night, at LaGuardia Airport in New York city, the plane transporting the republican vice presidential nominee skidded off the runway. The press sitting in the back of the airplane said they could feel it fishtailing as it came down and sliding off the runway into a grassy area next to the runway.

 

The spokesperson for Pence said that the vice presidential nominee canceled his appearance at a closed door fundraiser at Trump Tower taking place that evening.

 

It has has been reported that, though Trump was in Ohio at the time, he “is very glad everyone onboard the plane is safe.”

 

Following the incident, Pence tweeted, “So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!”

 

Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the Department of Transportation, explained that the weather likely prevented the plane from getting “good traction.” “When there’s a layer of water on it, it is very much like hydroplaning in your car,” she said, adding, “LaGuardia has had this very thing happen before.”

Les Abend, a CNN aviation analyst, also suggested on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that low temperatures in New York could have made the runway near freezing, complicating the landing.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration has said that it will be investigating the incident.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a statement confirming no one had been injured and that its personnel were on the scene. Planes were temporarily prevented from landing or taking off at the Queens airport, though the Port Authority, which operates LaGuardia, was hoping to restore flights later Thursday evening.