A plane carrying US Vice President Kamala Harris – who is on her first foreign flight to Guatemala – was forced to turn back and land shortly after take-off due to a technical failure.
Upon exiting the plane – which landed at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington – Harris told reporters, “I’m fine, I’m fine,” adding, “We all said a little prayer, but we’re in good shape.”
“It’s a technical issue, there are no major safety concerns,” Harris’ spokeswoman Simone Sanders said, noting that the vice president would use another plane.
A journalist who was on the plane reported hearing an “unusual sound” on take-off, but said the landing was “perfectly normal”.
Harris’ official visit on Monday and Tuesday will focus on immigration and economic cooperation, with his first stop being Guatemala City.
US President Joe Biden has assigned Vice President Harris to take the lead in limiting immigration from Central American countries to the United States.
And Bloomberg News Agency reported on Sunday that Harris’s trip to the two countries comes within the framework of implementing the Biden administration’s strategy to deal with record numbers of immigrants from Central American countries.