NTSB: Mike Pence's Plane 'Floated' Nearly Halfway Down LaGuardia Airport Runway - NBC New York

NTSB: Mike Pence's Plane 'Floated' Nearly Halfway Down LaGuardia Airport Runway

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    Pence on NYC Plane Skid: 'It Was 10 Seconds of Uncertainty'

    Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence described his harrowing plane skid at LaGuardia Airport as "10 seconds of uncertainty." Rana Novini reports (Published Friday, Oct. 28, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening

    • Officials say it overshot the runway and made a hard landing, tearing up concrete before landing in a patch of grass

    • Crews moved the plane off the runway on Friday morning so that investigators could look at it in a nearby hangar

    A plane that overran a runway at LaGuardia Airport last month while carrying Republican then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence "floated" nearly halfway down the 7,000-foot-long landing strip before touching down, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

    The pilots hit the brakes about four seconds after touchdown, and thrust reversers were deployed about seven seconds after touchdown, the NTSB said in an update of its ongoing investigation. No one was injured in the Oct. 27 incident.

    The Boeing 737 carrying Pence, 36 other passengers and 11 crew members landed in a rainstorm, slid sideways and came to a stop in a field of aerated concrete blocks called arrestor beds, which are designed to stop aircraft from barreling off runways. The blocks kept the jet from running onto a busy highway.

    The NTSB said the flight crew didn't report any mechanical irregularities. That was corroborated by the plane's flight data recorder.

    Crews Move Mike Pence Plane From LaGuardia Airport

    [NY] Crews Move Mike Pence Plane From LaGuardia Airport
    Crews at LaGuardia Airport are removing the plane that was carrying vice presidential candidate Mike Pence when it ran off a runway on Thursday night. Katherine Creag reports.
    (Published Friday, Oct. 28, 2016)

    Flight crews of four planes that landed earlier didn't report any problems braking on the wet Runway 22.

    The airplane was manufactured in 1998 and had 48,179 flight hours and 17,098 flight cycles. It landed in New York on a flight from Fort Dodge, Iowa.

    A spokesman for Eastern Air Lines, which operated the charter flight, did not immediately comment.

    Pence, the governor of Indiana, and running mate Donald Trump won the presidential election a week and a half later.

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