One difficult and nerve-racking aspect of being a leading politician on the international stage must be the fact that you are constantly on the move, and thus at the mercy of all the variables involved with air travel.
Vice President Mike Pence learned this the hard way during the 2016 presidential campaign when, as Donald Trump’s running mate, he was involved in what was very nearly a serious airplane accident. The details of this scary incident were just made public.
Last October, Pence was flying in a chartered Boeing 737 plane that was attempting to land at LaGuardia Airport in New York, but overshot the landing point by 2,000 feet and ran into the grass past the landing strip while still moving 45 miles per hour, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The transcript of the pilots’ conversation via the voice recorder was just released. Said Captain Robert Galloway to First Officer Diego Fernando Restrepo, “Down, down, down, down,” as they tried to keep the airplane in the center. Explained Galloway after they landed, “I should have gone straight ahead and we would have been fine. When I made the turn is when I screwed up.”
Said Restrepo, “I was fighting you because I was trying to stay on the center line. We would have broken just a few lights and that’s it.” Said one of the men to the other, “My career just ended.” Responded the other, “Mine too.” Then a Secret Service agent said, “Nice job.” Commented a befuddled pilot, “Huh?” Continued the agent, “Nice job. You stopped, at least.” Do you think the Secret Service agent was being sarcastic?