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Kamala Harris' plane forced to return over`technical issue'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Vice President Kamala Harris deplanes Air Force Two after a technical issue forced the aircraft to return and land at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, June 6, 2021, as she was en route to Guatemala City. (AP Photo)

US Vice President Kamala Harris' plane had to return to the base it had left off about 30 minutes earlier over what was described as a “technical issue.”

The plane left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Sunday on a trip to Guatemala and Mexico.

“I’m good, I’m good. We all said a little prayer, but we’re good,” Harris said.

Her spokesperson, Symone Sanders, told reporters traveling with Harris that the vice president was expected to depart in another plane in about an hour.

"It is a technical issue. There are no major safety concerns,'' the spokesperson said.

This is her first foreign trip as the vice president, mostly centered on tackling the issue of immigration in the administration of US President Joe Biden.

Former President Donald Trump was mostly focused on Mexico stopping Central American migrants from getting to the US border.

The high profile visit by Harris aims to highlight her focus on root causes for influx of migrants at US southern border.

Harris was supposed to land in Guatemala on Sunday and fly to Mexico, where she will spend the day on June 8.


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