Safety Board: Mike Pence’s Plane Landed Halfway Down Runway

NEW YORK (AP) -
National Transportation Safety Board investigators look at the plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at LaGuardia Airport last month. (NTSB/Peter Knudson)
National Transportation Safety Board investigators look at the plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at LaGuardia Airport last month. (NTSB/Peter Knudson)

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. 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. Four planes that landed earlier didn’t have any problems braking on the wet Runway 22.

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