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Pence's airplane returns to airport after striking bird

The vice president was on Air Force Two returning to Washington from a campaign event at an airport hangar in nearby Gilford, New Hampshire.
/ Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence's airplane struck a bird Tuesday upon takeoff from a New Hampshire airport, causing the pilot to return to the airport out of caution, the White House said.

Pence was returning to Washington from a campaign event at an airport hangar in nearby Gilford, New Hampshire.

When Air Force Two took off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, it struck a bird. A senior administration official, who wasn't authorized to address the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the vice president and his entourage were in no danger.

Brett Giroir, who is part of the White House's coronavirus task force, tweeted a picture of him and Pence on another plane returning them to Washington.