The Utah Jazz team’s charter flight departed for Memphis before quickly returning to the Salt Lake City airport on Tuesday afternoon after birds struck the plane, according to a spokesperson for Jazz.
“Fortunately, the plane landed safely,” Jazz spokesperson said. “Everyone is shaken up, but they are fine.”
The spokesperson added that the Jazz had not determined whether they would fly to Memphis later Tuesday for Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies.
The Jazz’s charter plane took off between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. MT before the birds struck the plane, the spokesperson said. The severity of the damage to the aircraft’s engine as a result of the bird strike was not immediately clear, but it was cause for concern that the aircraft turned back soon after. have reached altitude.
This is the second such incident involving a sports team in the past week. The Michigan women’s basketball team’s plane was forced into an emergency landing on Saturday night as it returned from San Antonio following an overtime loss to Baylor in the tournament. NCAA.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the plane lost a lot of altitude, cabin pressure and passengers had to use the deployed oxygen masks. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Evansville, Indiana, about 430 miles southwest of Ann Arbor.