Mike Pence, the running mate of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, escaped what could have led to his death on Thursday night.
The US Republican vice presidential candidate’s plane slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York during a heavy downpour, Press TV reported.
The plane carrying Pence and dozens of other passengers ended up on the grass next to the runway in the incident.
None of the 37 passengers on board were injured. The airport has been closed until further notice.
When the plane came to a stop, U.S. Secret Service agents rushed from the back of the plane to the front, where Pence was seated, to check on the candidate.
Television footage showed Pence standing in the rain near the aircraft among emergency vehicles, talking to police and other officials.
Pence said he was fine, though, and no one had been injured.
He later tweeted:
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
Elizabeth Landers, a CNN producer, who was on the plane said: “We could feel the plane moving, and it was just not a natural landing that you experience.
“When we landed here we had pretty hard landing and then we felt the back of the plane start to fishtail and you could just feel the plane moving in a way that was not straight on the runway like a normal landing would go,” she added.
“The plane continued to proceed down … then we came to a very, very sort of quick and harsh halt on the runway,” she stated.
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the incident.
According to reports, Trump called Pence from his motorcade in Ohio, and said he was happy that everyone was safe.
The Republican nominee is “very glad everyone on board the plane is safe,” a spokeswoman of Trump said.
Trump also told his supporters that Pence had come ‘pretty close to grave, ”grave danger” but ”everybody’s fine”.
Rival Hillary Clinton also spoke concerning the incident. She said she was glad to hear that Mike Pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew were all safe.
Glad to hear @mike_pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 28, 2016