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Mike Pence: First Responders Arrived 'Before Plane Stopped Rolling'

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By    |   Friday, 28 October 2016 08:54 AM

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Friday he's grateful to first responders at New York's LaGuardia Airport after they were were "virtually on the ground before the plane stopped rolling" when his campaign plane slid off a runway Thursday night.

"We are great, thank God," the Indiana governor told the "CBS This Morning" program, describing the incident as "10 seconds of uncertainty as we landed."

The plane, while landing during a rainstorm, slid from the runway and shredded two tracks of concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass. According to observers, the plane landed roughly and slammed into the ground, and passengers said they could smell burning rubber. They and Pence were evacuated through the back of the plane.

"We had a low ceiling," Pence told CBS. "Once we were on the ground, you could tell they were trying to brake and stop the aircraft as quickly as possible. It slid back and forth a little bit, then left the runway."

The Pence campaign plane has had issues for some time, reporters traveling on it have commented, reports Politico, and has made hard landings from airports ranging to small facilities in Iowa, to major airports such as LaGuardia.

The landings have become a source of jokes, with one reporter commenting a few weeks ago that a "Pence plane veers off the runway" had already been pre-written.

Pence began Thursday with a rally in Omaha, Nebraska before flying to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and the plane's landing there was reportedly rougher than usual, with one passenger commenting the plane "bounced off the runway and then touched down a second time."

There were no injures reported as part of the incident, and Pence said he wasn't worried when it happened.

"Our son is a Marine Corps aviator, and he says every landing you walk away from is a successful landing," Pence said. "Everybody was fine."

Pence said once the plane came to a stop, passengers noticed "there was mud on the windows on our front half of the plane, and we smelled the burned rubber."

The governor, making the morning talk show rounds, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that it was "obvious, I think, to everybody on the plane that the pilots were hitting the brake very hard trying to get the plane stopped. We felt it fishtailing a little bit and then it slid to the right."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, "a crushable concrete runway safety technology called an Engineered Material Arresting System stopped the plane," reports Fox News.

"When we came off the plane to see the crumbled runway, [we learned] from the first responders that's part of the way they intercept," Pence told MSNBC. "They also told us the fact that the ground was wet and muddy, slowed down the aircraft. I have to tell you, the outpouring of concern and emails and support for us, it's been very moving to us."

The vice presidential candidate missed a scheduled fundraiser in New York City Thursday night following the incident, but returned to the campaign trail Friday.

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