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Mike Pence's Plane Skids Off Runway At New York’s LaGuardia Airport

The aircraft tore up two tracks of concrete.

28/10/2016 09:12 | Updated 28 October 2016

Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, had a narrow escape after his campaign plane skidded off the runway during touchdown in New York’s last night.

There were no reported injuries when the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s aircraft made a rough landing at LaGuardia Airport.

Pence and about 30 passengers were evacuated through the back of Boeing 737, which was travelling from an event in Iowa, the BBC reports.

The Indiana governor later tweeted that he was “thankful” the plane landed safely.

The Associated Press reports that the plane tore up two tracks of concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

“We can see mud on the front windows,” a calm Pence said in the press cabin soon after the plane came to rest. 

Pence cancelled a fundraising event he was due to attend at Trump Tower later in the evening.

Footage from the scene shows Pence talking to emergency officials near the runway following the narrow escape.

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Republican vice presidential Mike Pence, centre, talks with firefighters at New York's LaGuardia Airport.
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Mike Pence's campaign airplane sits partially on the tarmac and the grass after sliding off the runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport.
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The campaign plane of Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.
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Mike Pence, fourth from right, talks on the tarmac at New York's LaGuardia Airport after his campaign plane slide, back left, off the runway while landing.

Trump was in Ohio at the time of the incident.

CNN reports that the presidential hopeful later told a rally in Geneva: “I just spoke to our future vice president, and he’s OK. Do you know he was in a big accident with the plane?” Trump said.

“Everybody’s fine. But what a great decision it was to get Mike Pence. What a great guy he is. What a great job he’s doing.”

Hillary Clinton tweeted that she was glad everyone was “safe”.

Earlier in the day Pence tweeted a photo of himself playing American football on the tarmac in Iowa. 

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