- Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight was grounded 30 minutes after takeoff
- Harris was headed to Guatemala City to discuss the causes of migration
- Harris’ flight was delayed two hours
Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a rocky start Sunday, when a technical issue grounded the plane after about 30 minutes into the flight.
“I’m good. I’m good,” she told reporters after she deplaned. “We all said a little prayer, but we’re good.”
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Reporters heard an unusual noise coming from the landing gear, but the plane arrived safely back at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
“It is a technical issue. There are no major safety concerns,” Harris chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters before landing.
Harris switched planes before continuing on to Guatemala City, where she’ll hold the first of two days of talks on Monday to discuss the root causes of migration from Central America and Mexico.
Harris’ flight was delayed by two hours after her initial departure time.
Upon landing in Guatemala, Sanders offered more details on the situation: “Shortly after takeoff from Joint Base Andrews en route to Guatemala City, the Air Force Two crew noticed the landing gear was not storing as it should, which could lead to further mechanical issues. While there was no immediate safety issue, out of an abundance of caution, they returned to Joint Base Andrews where they have all the parts and mechanics they need to fix the issue. Passengers boarded the back-up C32, which is an Air Force Boeing modified 757.”