LaGuardia Airport reopens with limited air traffic after Mike Pence’s plane skids off runway
EAST ELMHURST, Queens — LaGuardia Airport has reopened with limited air traffic after a jet carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening.
The plane slid off the runway around 7:50 p.m., near 82nd Street and Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst.
By 9 p.m., the airport had reopened to limited air traffic with departures and arrivals on Runway 13.
Runway 22 remains closed, the FAA said Thursday night.
Travelers should expect delays and are urged to check with their airline for additional information.
The plane made a rough impact when it landed. The pilot slammed on the brakes and travelers could smell burning rubber. There were 37 passengers and 11 crew members on the plane, including the candidate.
Pence took to Twitter Thursday evening to address the incident.
LaGuardia Airport, which is undergoing a major renovation, has a history of runway accidents, most recently in March 2015, when Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 skidded off Runway 13 on a snowy morning. About two dozen people suffered minor injuries in an accident that ended with the plane’s nose atop the seawall over Flushing Bay.
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