Senator's wife on plane that skidded off Waterloo airport runway - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Senator's wife on plane that skidded off Waterloo airport runway

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's wife was on board a corporate jet that skidded off a runway at the Waterloo regional airport according to a spokesperson for the senator.

The incident happened Thursday as the plane was leaving for New York.

Harkin spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin confirmed Friday that Ruth Harkin was on the plane, and that she made it safely to New York.

Airport manager Bradley Hagen says the plane was taxiing to the runway when the nose wheel slid into the snow.

Harkin is a member of the Iowa Board of Regents, and was in Iowa for a meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She also sits on the board of directors of Houston-based ConocoPhillips.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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