US Vice President Kamala Harris’ plane had to land shortly after takeoff on Sunday due to a technical problem. The plane was en route to Guatemala for Harris’s first international trip.
“I’m fine. I’m fine,” Harris told reporters, giving a thumbs-up after exiting the plane as it was returning to Joint Base Andrews in Washington’s suburbs. “We’ve all prayed, but it’s going well.”
The vice president transferred to another plane, and she arrived safely in Guatemala on Sunday evening. Her spokeswoman Symone Sanders said no significant delays in her travel schedule were expected.
The crew “noted that the landing gear did not deploy properly, which could lead to further mechanical problems. Although there was no immediate safety concern, they returned to Joint Base Andrews as a precaution,” the spokeswoman said.
A journalist on board heard “an unusual noise” from the landing gear as the plane, known as Air Force Two, took off but said the landing was “completely normal”.