Her plane Kamala Harris was forced to make a 180-degree turn and return to the airport due to a technical problem after taking off for Guatemala for the US vice president’s first visit abroad since taking office.
“I’m fine, I’m fine,” Harris assured, smiling, after returning to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. “We all said a little prayer, but we are fine,” he added.
The vice president changed aircraft to continue her journey without much delay.
“It was a technical problem. “There was no significant security concern,” said Harris, spokeswoman Simon Saunders.
A reporter accompanying the vice president on board the Air Force 2 described an “unusual noise from the wheel system at take-off”.
“But the landing (…) was perfectly normal,” he explained.