Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was left shaken on Thursday night when his running mate Mike Pence’s campaign jet skidded off the runway while landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.
Daily Mail reported that heavy rains caused the 18-year-old Boeing 737-700 to slide off the runway, but thankfully, collapsing concrete installed at the end of the runway helped slow the plane down before it could hit the busy Grand Central Parkway. All 48 passengers, including Pence, were uninjured in the incident.
Early this morning, Pence called the landing “10 seconds of uncertainty.”
Pence added that after they touched down, “we just immediately felt heavy braking on the runway and the plane fishtailed a bit.”
“You could feel us bouncing off,” he said. “With mud splattered up on the windows, we figured we were up off the runway, but thank God everyone was fine.”
Pence thanked the first responders who “literally seemed like they were on the scene at LaGuardia before the aircraft even came to a stop” as well as the outpouring of support from all over the U.S.
“I’m just really grateful,” he said.
Trump’s running mate added that there’s a saying in his family that “the safest place in the world is to be in the center of God’s will. And we really feel like we’re right where we’re supposed to be.”
“It’s the greatest honor of my life to run and hopefully to serve as the vice president of the United States after this election. We’re just really grateful everyone’s OK, as well as our press corp,” he said.
We thank God that nobody was injured in this incident!