Air Force Two hits bird after taking off from New Hampshire

Air Force Two hits bird after taking off from New Hampshire
Vice President Mike Pence was unharmed after Air Force Two hit a bird while returning to Washington from New Hampshire. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Air Force Two, with Vice President Mike Pence aboard, had to return to a New Hampshire airport after the plane hit a bird, according to several media outlets Tuesday.

The vice president was leaving the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport when the bird apparently hit the jet’s engine during its departure, according to CNN and The Associated Press.

Pence was not hurt. The plane returned to the airport out of “an abundance of caution," the White House said.

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Pence and his staff returned to Washington in a cargo plane, according to a White House pool reporter.

Pence was heading back to the nation’s capital from a campaign event at an airport hangar in nearby Gilford, according to the AP.

Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport said the airport was not affected by Air Force Two’s return to the airfield and remained fully operational.