Friday, October 28, 2016

Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737-700, N278EA: Incident occurred October 27, 2016 at LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), New York

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pilot and first officer of the plane carrying U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence that skidded off a runway in October 2016 thought the incident would end their careers, according to documents released on Thursday.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board published transcripts of the cockpit voice recorders from the incident in which the Boeing 737-700 operated by Eastern Air Lines Group ran off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

There were 37 passengers on the plane, including Pence, his wife, Karen, daughter Charlotte and 11 crew. The plane was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Pence, who was elected vice president in November's election, had participated in a campaign event.

The plane was stopped by a crushable type of concrete runway, stopping the aircraft's movement. No one was injured.

"My career just ended," one of the pilots said. The other responded: "Mine too."

One added after landing: "Unfortunately I should have gone straight ahead and we would have been fine, when I made the turn is when I screwed up." The other pilot responded: "I was fighting you because I was trying to stay on the centerline."

The pilot said in a statement that the first officer made a maneuver he was not expecting "and I instinctively applied maximum manual braking."

Eastern Air Lines did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The transcript showed a Secret Service agent entered the cockpit and praised the pilots: "Nice job... you stopped it at least."

In November, the NTSB reported the plane "floated" above the runway without touching down and landed about 3,000 feet (915 meters) beyond the runway threshold - far more than normal.

The Eastern flight crew did not report any mechanical problems and the flight crews of the four airplanes that landed immediately beforehand did not report any problems with braking on the runway.

Eastern Air Lines is based in Florida and privately held. 

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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA New York FSDO-15


Date: 27-OCT-16
Time: 23:37:00Z
Regis#: EAL3452
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: EASTERN AIRLINES
Flight Number: EAL3452
State: New York

The Wall Street Journal
Oct. 28, 2016 8:39 p.m. ET

A device intended to automatically help slow aircraft upon landing wasn’t operating when a jet carrying vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off a La Guardia Airport runway Thursday night, federal investigators said.

The pilots had to manually deploy panels that pop up on top of the wings, called spoilers, delaying by some seconds their effectiveness, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

Under federal rules and safety procedures, aircraft can operate temporarily without the devices’ automated feature, said Robert Sumwalt, the safety board’s vice chairman. It wasn’t clear if the spoilers issue contributed to the skidding but, Mr. Sumwalt said, “normally, they should work.”

Automatic deployment of the spoilers takes about a second while the manual process Thursday night took four seconds, Mr. Sumwalt said.

The malfunctioning device was among the NTSB’s preliminary information in the incident. He said his agency hadn’t yet determined a cause.

No one was injured when the Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737 jet slid about 200 feet past the runway. Mr. Pence’s chartered jet ran into a patch of materials intended to stop aircraft if they slide off the end of the runway. The NTSB said it is still analyzing if that safeguard worked correctly. Also, the agency has recovered recording devices from the jet.

Flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders are expected to provide specifics about the plane’s touchdown point.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the plane touched farther down the runway that is typical or considered safe, according to a person familiar with the details. Such accidents often occur when crews land too fast or planes float above runways and touch down too far from the beginning of the strip, making it harder to stop safely

La Guardia has had similar incidents. Last year, a Delta Air Lines jet skidded off a snowy runway at La Guardia; the NTSB eventually faulted the pilot. A Southwest Airlines jet crash-landed on the runway in 2013 and skidded; the NTSB said the captain had broken safety rules.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s scary landing Thursday night is another example in a laundry list of problems that have taken place at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737, tore up two tracks of concrete on the runway before coming to rest on a patch of grass. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, "A crushable concrete runway safety technology called an Engineered Material Arresting System stopped the plane."

Pence’s incident isn’t the first problem to have taken place at the Queens airport. On March 5, 2015, Delta Air Lines Flight 1086 skidded off Runway 13 at the airport, landing on a berm on the edge of the bay. About two dozen people were injured in that incident on the frigid day.

Two years earlier, landing gear on a Southwest Airlines plane collapsed on landing. The plane veered onto the grass in that incident, which injured 16 people.

The infamous “Miracle on the Hudson” in January 2009 happened after the U.S. Airways plane took off from LaGuardia. The jet made a water landing in the Hudson River after it had suffered dual engine loss. A flock of geese were sucked into the jet’s engines, which was determined to be the cause of the accident.

Two of the more tragic incidents in recent memory came within three years of each other.

In March 1992, USAir Flight 405 crashed into Flushing Bay just after taking off the LaGuardia. The accident killed 27 people. Icy wings and the failed process to de-ice planes was what caused the crash.

In September 1989, USAir Flight 5050 crashed while taking off, killing two passengers and injury 15 others. The plane had ran off the end of the runway and dove into Bowery Bay.

Thursday’s incident didn’t cause any injuries. There were roughly 40 passengers and crew on board. They were all evacuated through the back of the aircraft as a large amount of emergency personnel responded to the scene.


A charter plane carrying Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway shortly after landing at New York’s La Guardia Airport on Thursday night, authorities said.

The plane was carrying more than 40 people, including members of Mr. Pence’s staff and reporters. There were no injuries reported and everyone on board got off the aircraft safely, said a spokesman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Pence, the governor of Indiana, could be seen shaking hands with first responders shortly after the incident.

“So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!” he tweeted later Thursday.

The plane skidded off the runway shortly before 8 p.m. in the rain and came to rest in the grass just past the runway, authorities said.

The airport was briefly shut down after the incident but was reopened later Thursday night.

At a rally in Ohio, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he had spoken with his running mate. “The plane skidded off the runway and was pretty close to grave, grave danger. But I just spoke to Mike Pence and he’s fine,” Mr. Trump told the audience.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted: “Glad to hear @mike_pence, his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe.”

Mr. Pence had been flying from Iowa to New York for a fundraiser, which was canceled after the incident. After the plane landed, he went back to make sure other passengers were unharmed, according to reporters on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to take over the investigation of the incident, Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, said at a news conference on Thursday night.

Mr. Foye said an earlier plane reported the runways as being in good condition.

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