US Election 2016

US election 2016: Trump running mate Mike Pence's plane skids off runway

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Media captionNo-one was injured in the incident at New York's LaGuardia Airport

Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence has had a narrow escape after his plane slid off the runway while landing in New York City.

The Indiana governor told reporters he was fine after the rough touchdown at LaGuardia Airport. No-one was injured.

Mr Pence and the other 30 or so passengers were evacuated through the back of the plane. He was coming from a campaign event in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

LaGuardia Airport has been closed until further notice, said officials.

The pilot slammed on the brakes and passengers on the aircraft could smell burning rubber.

Image caption The Pence campaign plane ended up on the grass

Live TV footage showed Mr Pence standing in the rain near the plane among emergency vehicles, talking to police and other officials.

He 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!"

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called Mr Pence to check on him after the incident, the campaign said.

Mr Trump told supporters at his rally about Mr Pence's plane mishap, saying: "You know, he was in a big accident with a plane, but I just spoke to Mike and he's fine. He got out. Everybody's fine."

Mr Pence cancelled a fundraising event that he was to take part in at Trump Tower in Manhattan, and headed to his hotel.

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Image caption The Clinton campaign hopes Mrs Obama's imprimatur will help galvanise female voters

Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a rally with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the first time, calling her "my girl".

The Clinton campaign hopes Mrs Obama's support will help galvanise female voters, especially black women.

What you need to know about US election

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Media captionElection 2016: The race for battleground states

What happens next?

  • The two candidates will spend the remaining 12 days before the election criss-crossing the country in their bid to persuade undecided voters. Expect to see lots of appearances in battleground states such as Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday 8 November to decide who becomes the 45th president of the US
  • The new president will be inaugurated on 20 January 2017

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