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"Technical issue" causes vice president's plane to turn around

About 30 minutes into her first international trip since taking office, Vice President Kamala Harris' plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews due to a technical issue, according to White House pool reports.

Why it matters: Harris is headed to Guatemala and Mexico as part of the Biden administration's efforts to address the surge of migration into the U.S. from the Southern border.


The big picture: The plane technical issue involved "no major safety concerns” and the plane landed safely at the base.

  • Passengers later boarded the back-up C32 plane, "which is an Air Force Boeing modified 757," Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters.
  • The plane took off some 90 minutes later, according to AP

What they're saying: “I’m good, I’m good. We all said a little prayer, but we’re good,” said Harris, per AP.

Go deeper: Harris heads to Guatemala, Mexico on first foreign trip

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the plane switch and Harris continuing her the flight.

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