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Pence's plane skids off runway at NYC's LaGuardia Airport

Pence plane skids off runway
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NEW YORK -- It was a bumpy landing for Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening.  

The plane carrying Pence, his family, staffers and members of the press skidded off the runway, according to CBS News campaign reporter Alan He, who said that despite the rough landing, everyone appeared to be okay. Passengers, including the Indiana governor, were evacuated from the plane following the incident. 

“We had no idea we had skidded off the runway until Gov. Pence came to the back of the plane and said we may have done that,” He said. 

He said he believes about 60 people were on the plane at the time. 

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence after his plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.  CBS News

Pence came to the back of the plane and checked on everyone after the landing, He said: “He was calm. He came back to check on the press.” 

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A law enforcement official briefed on the accident told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton it appears a very wet runway contributed to the incident. It was raining in New York when the plane landed and had been for most of the day.

The FAA  said in a statement the Boeing 737 aircraft ran off the end of Runway 22 at LaGuardia Airport after landing at about 7:40 p.m. 

“A crushable concrete runway safety technology called an Engineered Material Arresting System stopped the plane,” the FAA said.  

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reached out to his running mate following the incident, a campaign spokesperson said. 

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“Mr. Trump did reach out to Governor Pence and is very glad everyone on board the plane is safe,” spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said. 

Trump later elaborated during a rally in Ohio. 

“You know he was in a big accident with a plane,” Trump said. “The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger, but I spoke to Mike Pence and he’s fine.” 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted that she was “glad to hear” Pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew were all safe. 

Eastern Airlines, a Miami based charter that flies 737s, operates the plane, CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reported. 

LaGuardia Airport was closed following the incident, but has since reopened, the FAA said. 

“One of LaGuardia’s two runways has reopened for arriving and departing flights, following tonight’s incident in which a plane overshot the runway,” Port Authority said in statement. 

Pence took to Twitter to thank first responders Thursday night. He said he will be back on the trail tomorrow.

Pence arrived in New York Thursday for a fundraiser, following a rally at Iowa Central Community College. Friday afternoon, he is expected to hold a rally at TC Millwork, Inc., in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, before heading to Smithfield, North Carolina. 

Campaign spokesman Marc Loetter told reporters that Pence had missed the fundraiser and was headed to his hotel for the night, the Associated Press reported. 

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