Trump run­ning mate Mike Pence’s plane skids off run­way

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mike Pence has had a nar­row es­cape af­ter his plane slid off the run­way while land­ing in New York City.

The In­di­ana gov­er­nor told re­porters he was fine af­ter the rough touch­down at LaGuardia Air­port. No one was in­jured.

Mr Pence and the other 30 or so pas­sen­gers were evac­u­ated through the back of the plane. He was com­ing from a cam­paign event in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

LaGuardia Air­port has been closed un­til fur­ther no­tice, said of­fi­cials.

The pi­lot slammed on the brakes and pas­sen­gers on the air­craft could smell burn­ing rub­ber.

Live TV footage showed Mr Pence stand­ing in the rain near the plane among emer­gency ve­hi­cles, talk­ing to po­lice and other of­fi­cials.

He 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!”

He said mud had splashed on the front win­dows of the cock­pit.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump called Mr Pence to check on him af­ter the in­ci­dent, the cam­paign said.

“Mr Trump did reach out to Gov Pence. He’s glad that ev­ery­one on board is safe,” Trump spokes­woman Stephanie Gr­isham said in an emailed state­ment.

He was in a mo­tor­cade en route to a rally in Geneva, Ohio.

Mr Trump told sup­port­ers at his rally about Mr Pence’s plane mishap, say­ing: “You know, he was in a big ac­ci­dent with a plane.

“The plane skid­ded off the run­way and was pretty close to grave, grave dan­ger, but I just spoke to Mike and he’s fine. He got out. Ev­ery­body’s fine.”

Im­age copy­rightTWITTERI­mage cap­tionMike Pence posted this pic­ture on Twit­ter ear­lier

Mr Pence can­celled a fundrais­ing event that he was to take part in at Trump Tower in Man­hat­tan, and headed to his ho­tel.

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