NEW YORK - Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence's campaign plane skidded off a rain-soaked runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York City Thursday night.
No one was injured in the incident, the New York Port Authority announced. The agency said more than 30 people were on board when the plane "overshot a LaGuardia Airport runway."
"So thankful everyone on our plane is safe," Pence said in a tweet. "Grateful for our first responders & the concern and prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!"
So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 28, 2016
Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Geneva, Ohio, that his running mate had been in "grave danger" after his rough landing, but that he was OK. Trump said he “just spoke to Mike Pence and he’s fine. Everybody’s fine.”
Trump called Pence shortly after the rough landing, Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
The airport was closed "due to a plane skidding off the runway," New York's emergency management agency announced in a tweet. By 9:20 p.m. ET, the Federal Aviation Administration said LaGuardia departures and arrivals had resumed on Runway 13. The ground stop for all flights was canceled. But Runway 22, where Pence's plane landed, remains closed. The FAA warned travelers to expect continued delays and to call their airlines for updates.
FlightRadar24, an online tracking service, said at about 9:30 p.m. ET that departure delays at LaGuardia were averaging 71 minutes and arrivals were averaging 109 minutes.
Those on board said the plane made a rough landing and the pilot slammed on the brakes. Passengers said they could smell burning rubber and Pence said mud splashed on the front windows of the cockpit.
The passengers, including the Indiana governor, were evacuated from the rear of the plane.
Reporters noted that the tarmac crumbled beneath the plane. But that was a safety feature installed to slow a plane down if it left the runway inadvertently, rather than a failure of pavement. The material called Emergency Material Arresting System is designed to stop a plane going up to 80 mph, like the sand in a runaway-truck lane along a highway. It is a safety precaution for places like LaGuardia, where the runways are flanked by Flushing Bay.
The flight arrived in New York from Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Pence made a campaign stop. The bad weather in New York kept the plane on the ground an extra two hours in New York, the Huffington Post reports.
Donald Trump's running mate took the time on the ground in Iowa to toss a football around on the tarmac.
Pence canceled his scheduled appearance at a Trump Tower fundraiser, according to MSNBC.
The Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted that she was, "Glad to hear @mike_pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe."
Glad to hear @mike_pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 28, 2016
Reporters who were on the flight shared images of the scene on social media.'
On Friday Pence discussed the event on CBS This Morning.
"We’re great thank God and just very grateful for the concern," he said. "Our son likes to say every landing you walk away from is a successful landing."