Aviation safety and politics intersected last night when a plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off a rain-slickened runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Nobody was injured in the incident. The chartered Boeing 737 was carrying Pence and 47 other passengers.
Pence reportedly said that it seemed like first responders were on the scene before the plane even came to a halt. He described the sensation of the plane fishtailing and sliding sideways off the runway, and of seeing mud splash up against the windows.
Authorities said the incident caused damage to the runway, but not to the plane.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board both announced plans to investigate the incident.
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