Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, had a brief scare when his plane slid off the runway during its landing in a New York City airport on Thursday night. And photos of the LaGuardia runway Pence's plane slid off of shows the scene shortly after the incident occurred.
As The New York Times reported and cited, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a statement following Thursday night's episode, saying there were no injuries for the passengers onboard, which included Pence, his staff, press, secret service, and the crew.
A clip of the statement read:
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. Port Authority emergency personnel and other agencies are on the scene...
According to CNN, Pence reported feeling "about 10 seconds of uncertainty" when the plane was skidding off the runway. Apparently, once the plane came to a full stop, the vice presidential hopeful walked to the back of the plane to check on the press, CNN reported. "... We're just so grateful to the pilots and to the first responders on the scene and (that) everybody came off the plane safely," Pence told CNN.
The Port Authority hasn't appeared to release an official statement on why the plane skidded, but CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke with Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the Department of Transportation, who shared her opinions of the incident, saying that the rainy weather likely had something to do with it.
"When there's a layer of water on it, it is very much like hydroplaning in your car," she said.
And according to CBS News, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), released a statement explaining how the runway helped stop the plane. "A crushable concrete runway safety technology called an Engineered Material Arresting System stopped the plane,” the statement read according to CBS.
In an interview with co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Pence described the incident in detail:
Well it was... a low ceiling, and we came in, it was a landing at LaGuardia, and we just immediately felt heavy breaking on the runway, and playing fishtail a little bit, and just for a few seconds you could feel us bouncing off – with mud splattered up on the windows, we figured we were off the runway. But thank God everybody was fine.
He said he was feeling "really grateful" for the quick action by the pilots and first responders.
In a tweet expressing his gratitude to the first responders and to all those who expressed concern, Pence noted that he would be back to business on the campaign trail the following day.
Election day is less than two weeks away, and this long and, at many times, draining election cycle is quickly coming to a close. After his brief scare, Pence is apparently right back on the campaign trail, hoping to convince voters he and Trump will "Make America Great Again."