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Confusion may have led to Pence's plane leaving runway in 2016

Confusion may have led to Pence's plane leaving runway in 2016
Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 11:45:35-04

(CNN) - New details from the NTSB point to confusion in the cockpit as the cause of a plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence sliding off the runway in October 2016.

The report said the chartered Eastern Airlines 737 landed 2,000 feet beyond where it should have and was going 45 mph when it skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Pence was traveling to New York from Iowa with reporters and staff on the flight.

Rain was falling at the time, but an analysis of the cockpit recording points to technical malfunction and pilot error as the main causes of the incident.

The plane's automatic speed brakes were out of service, so they had to be manually deployed.

Interviews with officials show there was confusion in the cockpit over which pilot was actual controlling the jet during the landing.

The first officer declined to answer questions regarding the captain's proficiency and whether he enjoyed flying with him.

In a cockpit recording, one pilot is heard saying, "my career just ended," with the other saying, "mine too."

Pence took the landing in stride and relaying a quote from his son, who is a Marine, that "every landing you walk away from is a successful landing."

The NTSB did not release an official cause of the incident. That is expected when the full report is released in several months.

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