Mike Pence, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, departed Fort Dodge, Iowa, in his campaign plane and was landing in New York City for a fundraiser when it skidded off the runway.
The Boeing 737-700 approached LaGuardia Airport during poor weather conditions. Reports state there was heavy rain, win, and fog during the landing.
When the plane hit the tarmac, the landing gear failed to sustain traction and hydro-glided off the runway. A CNN producer on board, Elizabeth Lander, stated, “you could feel the plane skidding…it felt like it fishtailed.”
As the plane skidded towards the 7,000 feet runway’s end, it made contact with the runway’s protective barriers, which are designed to stop aircraft that overshoot the runway. The aircraft destroyed 80 barriers before it fully stopped.
One minute after word reached the airport’s responders, they were on the scene. On arrival, they found Pence and media staff lingering in the rain. Pence, purportedly unharmed, quickly presumed his political composure on the tarmac and began taking pictures with the rescue crew.
The NTSB began an investigation of the accident and a official report of it is available here.
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