Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s campaign plane slid off of a runway after a rough landing at LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening.
There were 37 people and eight crewmembers on board the chartered 737 as it touched down at 7:25 pm.
No injuries were immediately reported, a source told the Daily News.
Pence was traveling with several campaign advisers and his wife and daughter.
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After a bumpy approach, the plane roughly landed and slammed into the ground, making first contact with the runway.
The pilot slammed on the brakes and passengers could smell burning rubber.
The plane went into a skid and slid off the runway before coming to a rest near a fence, a source said.
Witnesses said the plane was moving too fast and overshot the runway in the rain.
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The Port Authority said in a statement, “There were no injuries tonight when a charter plane carrying Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence and more than 30 others overshot a LaGuardia Airport runway. There was no fire and passengers are off the plane.”
Pence reportedly made his way through the plane to make sure that all the passengers were alright.
“We can see mud on the front windows,” Pence told reporters in the plane’s press cabin about a minute after the jet came to a rest.
He said he felt fine.
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Video taken immediately after the incident showed the Indiana governor walking around the tarmac and talking with a number of emergency responders.
“Emergency crew on site. The governor stood up and made sure everyone was okay,” NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard tweeted from the plane.
Donald Trump expressed relief that his running mate was alright after the scare after slightly exaggerating the severity of the situation.
“The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger,” Trump told the crowd at a Geneva, Ohio, rally.
“He got out. Everybody’s fine,” Trump quickly added. “But what a great decision it was to get Mike Pence. What a great guy he is.”
Hillary Clinton also expressed relief.
“Glad to hear @mike_pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe. -H,” she tweeted.
Pence was flying from Iowa and had posted on social media earlier that weather delays kept his plane, emblazoned with the phrase “Make America Great Again,” on the ground in Fort Dodge.
A picture of the veep pick tossing a football near the aircraft accompanied the tweet.
Drivers on the nearby Grand Central Parkway were frightened by the close call.
“I saw the plane coming very fast. It missed the taxiway, which is right there, and it was too fast,” said driver Muhammad Jilani, 26. “I could see the water splashing, my windows were kind of down because the rain was kind of very slow at that time. So I could hear the brakes and the water splashing.”
Jilani thought the plane was heading straight for him.
“It was too fast, I thought it might break this thing[the fence] and it would come right on the parkway,” he said. “But thank God it stopped right there. Oh my god, it was scary. Very scary.”
New York City Emergency Management said that the airport was closed Thursday evening following the accident.
“Due to a plane skidding off the runway, #LaGuardia is currently closed until further notice. Check with your airline for additional info,” the agency said.
Around of 8:45 p.m., the Port Authority said airport officials hoped to resume flights on one runway “within 30 minutes.”
Pence missed a fundraiser scheduled to take place in Manhattan and was headed to his hotel, a campaign worker said.
“So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!” Pence tweeted.
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