A Democrat from California postponed her official visit to Central American countries due to an airplane malfunction.
Vice President Kamala Harris was forced to return to the United States after her aircraft experienced technical issues on June 6.
Air Force Two had only just taken off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland when, about 25 minutes into the flight, cabin crew detected a “technical issue.”
Vice presidential spokeswoman Symone Sanders confirmed there were no major safety concerns, and the aircraft safely made an emergency landing.
“While there as no immediate safety issue, out of an abundance of caution they returned to Joint Base Andrews where they have all the parts and mechanics they need to fix the issue,” she said according to the Associated Press.
When the vice president disembarked from the plane, she tried to water down any suggestion that she was in danger at any point of the flight.
“I am good, I am good,” she said according to the newswire agency. “We all said a little prayer but we are good.”
In the hours that followed, Sanders finally confirmed Air Force Two was fully repaired, and Harris would once again try to travel to Guatemala City.
“The journey continues!” she said on Twitter. “Looking forward to touching down in Guatemala City for Vice President Kamala Harris’s first international trip as VP.”
A video shared on social media shows Harris and other passengers reboarding the aircraft about 90 minutes after the emergency landing.
Harris will spend two days in Guatemala and Mexico to address a recent jump in illegal immigration at the U.S. southern border.
President Joe Biden continues to deny his policy against detaining illegal aliens in the United States directly led to the present border crisis. According to Fox News, his administration claims Harris’s diplomatic visit will resolve the “root causes” of the crisis.
Harris was recently criticized for not holding a press conference about her new responsibility of resolving the southern border crisis since being appointed to the role in March 2021.
The vice president has repeatedly refused to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the immigration crisis firsthand.
She thought it would be a good idea to see the border from about 40,000 feet above sea level on the way to Guatemala instead.