Plane carrying Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence skids off runway at New York airport

US Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence's plane skidded off the runway after landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.
US Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence's plane skidded off the runway after landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. PHOTO: INES DE LA CUETARA/TWITTER

NEW YORK (REUTERS) -  A campaign plane carrying US Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway after landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday local time (Oct 27) .

There were no injuries, the campaign said, and Mr Pence pledged to hit the campaign trail again on Friday.

“So thankful everyone on our plane is safe,” the Indiana governor said on Twitter after the incident. “Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many.”

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

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 spokesman Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement. 

 

Mr Trump called his running mate from his motorcade while en route to a rally in Geneva, Ohio.

The plane was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Mr Pence had participated in a campaign event. The takeoff from Iowa was delayed for about two hours because of bad weather in New York.

Mr Pence has cancelled his appearance at a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday night at Trump Tower in Manhattan, MSNBC reported.

MSNBC said the plane, with about 30 people on board, was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Mr Pence had participated in a campaign event.