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Technical issue turns Kamala Harris’ plane around just after takeoff for Guatemala – USA TODAY

Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a rocky start Sunday, when a technical issue grounded the plane after about 30 minutes into the flight.

“I’m good. I’m good,” she told reporters after she deplaned. “We all said a little prayer, but we’re good.”

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United States Air Force Lt. Col. Neil Senkowski escorts Vice President Kamala Harris after she deplaned Air Force Two when a technical issue forced the aircraft to return and land at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on June 6, 2021, as she was en route to Guatemala City.

Reporters heard an unusual noise coming from the landing gear, but the plane arrived safely back at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

“It is a technical issue. There are no major safety concerns,” Harris chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters before landing.

Harris was expected to switch planes before continuing on to Guatemala City, where she’ll hold the first of two days of talks on Monday to discuss the root causes of migration from Central America and Mexico.

Harris’ flight was delayed by two hours after her initial departure time. 

Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by United States Air Force Lt. Col. Neil Senkowski as she deplanes Air Force Two after a technical issue forced the aircraft to return and land at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on June 6, 2021, as she was en route to Guatemala City.