Kamala Harris' plane forced to return to U.S. soil following technical issue


US Vice President Kamala Harris's plane was forced to land soon after take-off on Sunday due to a technical problem on her way to Guatemala for her first global trip.

The glitch in the plane's landing gear was apparently caused by technical issues that forced her to switch to another Air Force Two airplane.

The plane landed safely.

Passengers later boarded the back-up C32 plane, "which is an Air Force Boeing modified 757", Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters.

"It is a technical issue".

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The vice president departed in another plane about an hour and a half later.

What they're saying: "I'm good, I'm good. We all said a little prayer, but we're good", she said.

Harris' global trip comes amid the United States border crisis, alongside Mexico and Guatemala.

When the plane returned, Harris exited and flashed a double thumbs up to the press, and said, "I'm good".

In response to that criticism, Harris and her office have claimed that her focus was always on the "root causes" of the migration, not on conditions in US border towns.