Plane Carrying University Of Michigan Basketball Team Slides Off The Runway


A plane carrying the University of Michigan men’s basketball team had to abort takeoff after it slid off of the runway at Willow Run Airport in Ann Arbor on Wednesday. The Willow Run Airport is approximately 15 miles from the Ann Arbor campus. The team made alternative travel plans.
Tom Wywrot, a spokesman for the UM basketball team, described the incident at the Willow Run Airport for reporters. Michigan faces Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Wywrot says the takeoff “was aborted” on a day marked by high winds and “after strong braking,” the plane slid off of the runway and “sustained extensive damage.”
The team manager tweeted a video (above) that showed the MD83 plane had skidded through a fence, across an access road and off a low embankment.
UM head coach John Beilein texted ESPN’s Andy Katz to confirm that the team was alright.


The University of Michigan Wolverines (20-11, 5th in Big Ten) were traveling to take on the University of Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C.

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