Both LaGuardia Airport runways operational after Pence airplane skidded off runaway; NTSB to investigate ‘excursion’

EAST ELMHURST, Queens — The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the runway accident Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence's plane had Thursday night during a rainstorm..

Both runaways at LaGuardia have reopened after crews moved the plane this morning. Travelers should check in with the airline for times.

The aircraft awaits further inspection from NTSB officials, who are expected to arrive at LaGuardia early Friday, before Trump's running mate returns to the campaign trail.

Both runaways at LaGuardia have reopened after crews moved the plane this morning. Travelers should check in with the airline for times.

Pence and other passengers were not injured. Those aboard said the approach was bumpy and that the plane hit the runway hard before careening into a grassy area. They smelled burning rubber when it was over.

Airport officials say the plane was slowed by crushable concrete safety barriers designed to slow aircraft that overshoot the runway.

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. He said he was fine, though, and no one had been injured.

Later, the Indiana 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!"

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.