Michigan’s travel to the first Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C. hasn’t started smoothly. The Wolverines’ team plane was involved in an accident on Wednesday afternoon while attempting to take off for D.C. before Thursday’s noon game against Illinois.
Everyone was safe after the aborted landing, but the plane was damaged and the team is making new travel arrangements.
Here’s the official statement by the Michigan basketball program.
The Michigan men’s basketball team plane was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to take off in high winds, takeoff was aborted and, after strong braking, the plane slide off runway. The plane sustained extensive damage but everyone on board was safely evacuated and is safe. The team is making alternate travel plans.
UPDATE 6:36 P.M.: It appears that Michigan is planning to fly to Washington D.C. in the morning.
Just spoke with John Beilein at Willow Run airport, @umichbball team to travel to Big 10 tourney early tomorrow morning.
— Dave LewAllen (@tvnewzguy) March 8, 2017
"We have a few people banged up a little bit, a few cuts, few bruises, but other than that, everybody's healthy." – Michigan's John Beilein pic.twitter.com/1nw87EtOQ9
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