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Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has had a narrow escape after his plane slid off the runway while landing in New York City.

The Republican VP candidate told reporters he was fine after the rough touchdown at LaGuardia Airport. No one was injured.

Mike Pence and the other 30 or so passengers were evacuated through the back of the plane. He was coming from a campaign event in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

LaGuardia Airport has been closed until further notice, said officials.

The pilot slammed on the brakes and passengers on the aircraft could smell burning rubber.

Photo Getty Images

Photo Getty Images

Live TV footage showed Mike Pence standing in the rain near the plane among emergency vehicles, talking to police and other officials.

The Iowa governor 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!”

He said mud had splashed on the front windows of the cockpit.

Donald Trump called Mike Pence to check on him after the incident, the campaign said.

“Mr. Trump did reach out to Gov Pence. He’s glad that everyone on board is safe,” Donald Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement.

The Republican nominee was in a motorcade en route to a rally in Geneva, Ohio.

Donald Trump told supporters at his rally about Mike Pence’s plane mishap, saying: “You know, he was in a big accident with a plane.

“The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger, but I just spoke to Mike and he’s fine. He got out. Everybody’s fine.”

Mike Pence canceled a fundraising event that he was to take part in at Trump Tower in Manhattan, and headed to his hotel.

An FAA computer glitch grounded hundreds of flights into and out of New York and Washington on August 15.

The technical glitch, at an air traffic centre in Leesburg, Virginia, caused delays of nearly three hours in some cases.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said later that it had resolved the issue.

Planes would be able to take off normally by about 16:00 EDT, the FAA said.

The affected airports are among the busiest in the United States, especially in the summer holiday months.FAA computer glitch August 2015

Among those hit by the glitch were Washington’s Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, as well as New York’s LaGuardia and JFK International Airport.

The FAA said the problem is not believed to be caused by any accident or hacking.

According to the agency, the fault was with a computer system known as ERAM which is used at 20 air traffic control centers around the US that handle high-altitude air traffic.

The system was installed earlier this year but was already years behind schedule.

“The FAA is continuing its root cause analysis to determine what caused the problem and is working closely with the airlines to minimize impacts to travelers,” the agency said in a statement.

Flight tracking service FlightAware reported that about 400 flights had been delayed or cancelled across affected airports.


The ageing terminals of New York’s LaGuardia Airport – one of the busiest in the US – will be rebuilt, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.

Vice President Joe Biden – who previously compared the airport to “some Third World country” – was on hand for the announcement on July 27.

Joe Biden said: “I wish everything I said that was truthful but controversial would turn out this well.”

The redesign will double the space available for planes to operate.LaGuardia Airport redesign

Work is scheduled to start in 2016, and the first redesigned portion of the airport will open to passengers in 2019.

LaGuardia Airport, which sits along the East River in Queens, is frequently ranked as one of the worst in the US, according to customer surveys.

“It’s slow, it’s dated, it has a terrible front-door entrance way to New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Andrew Cuomo said VP Joe Biden was instrumental in securing federal funding for the project. Delta Airlines will also shoulder some of the costs of the $4 billion project.

With short runways that are surrounded by water, the airport has been dubbed “USS LaGuardia” by some pilots who say landing there is like arriving on an aircraft carrier.

Nearly 2 miles of new taxiways will be created under the plan, which will make landings easier for pilots.


Macaulay Culkin landed in Laguardia Airport in New York on a flight from Miami on Saturday appearing more clean cut than he has in weeks the collective sigh of relief could be heard.

Macaulay Culkin’s complexion had a healthier color and his clothes were neat and orderly as he stood on the curb waiting for his taxi cab.

The 32-year-old former child star – who skyrocketed to fame in the 1990 holiday flick Home Alone – was casually dressed in grey jeans, a brown plaid shirt buttoned over a white crew-necked undershirt and dark grey jacket.

His golden hair had a nice shine to it and sported a slight flip, suggesting that he took care to comb his locks sometime during the two-hour flight.

Effortlessly Macaulay Culkin held a burning cigarette in his right hand and tried to stay incognito behind his dark sunglasses.

He carried a Hudson News shopping bag in his other hand and had Nantucket Film Festival tote bag looped over his shoulder, the latter suggesting that he still has an interest in the film industry.

Macaulay Culkin landed in Laguardia Airport in New York on a flight from Miami on Saturday appearing more clean cut than he has in weeks the collective sigh of relief could be heard

Macaulay Culkin landed in Laguardia Airport in New York on a flight from Miami on Saturday appearing more clean cut than he has in weeks the collective sigh of relief could be heard

Finally Macaulay Culkin managed to hail himself a cab, and he ducked into the yellow vehicle and headed home to his SoHo apartment.

In mid-December Macaulay Culkin was seen out and about in New York, looking sad and lonely.

Chased by rumors of drug dependency, which his publicist vehemently denied at the time, the only thing that seemed to be plaguing Macaulay Culkin that day was the holiday blues.

He seemed a little sad, starting out the day by eating alone at Taco Bell before hitting the shops for some last minute Christmas shopping.

Reportedly Macaulay Culkin still hasn’t gotten over his ex-girlfriend Mila Kunis, who left him in 2010 after an eight-year relationship.

Macaulay Culkin was a solitary figure as he stopped by a number of stores, purchasing clothes at Banana Republic and a portable record player at Urban Outfitters.

Last month the Party Monster star recently showed an interest in art, turning his $2 million pad into a painting studio, as well as releasing a video promoting the art exhibition Leisure Inferno.

Macaulay Culkin, who is worth a reported $15 million, also created Three Men and a Baby (3MB), an art collective with friends Adam Green and Toby Goodshank.