Pence was flying home to Washington from a campaign event at an airport hangar in nearby Gilford, New Hampshire.
When Air Force Two took off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, it struck a bird.
The airport released a statement on the incident via Twitter.
Earlier this evening Air Force 2 experienced a possible bird strike shortly after departure. Flight crew contacted the tower & returned to MHT safely. MHT rescue/firefighting were at staging areas per our response protocols. No impact to the airfield, we remain in full operation— Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (@flymanchester) September 23, 2020
A senior administration official, who wasn't authorized to address the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the vice president and his entourage were in no danger.
Pence ended up flying home on a cargo aircraft that the Secret Service uses to transport his vehicles during his travel.
Air Force 2 has a little different look tonight. Now in a C17 and happy for it! Thanks to the pilots and crew for getting us safely back on the ground. pic.twitter.com/N81N9MK8Ra— ADM Brett P. Giroir (@HHS_ASH) September 23, 2020