NBA Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz players feared death, flock of birds hit team plane and cause emergency landing

Written by Jeffrey Iafrate

No player in the NBA thinks of the chances of a plane crash because the likelihood is so low. But in this case the Utah Jazz had a flight they weren’t expecting, due to a flock of birds hitting their plane after take off forcing them to make an emergency landing. The team was safe and later took off on another flight to Memphis for their next game against the Grizzlies.

According to Tim MacMahon from ESPN, veteran starting point guard Mike Conley said it felt like an explosion took place on the plane.

Conley also added “For a good 10 or 15 minutes, I think all of us on that flight were questioning if we were going to be here today. That’s how serious it was for us. I can’t speak for everybody, but I know that guys were trying to text family just in case, you know? It was that kind of situation.”

You can witness the emergency landing on twitter when it was broadcasted on the local news.

Plenty of people in America fear a plane crash happening on a commercial flight, but even professional athletes can sometimes be in danger because of the mileage they travel on airlines. Jordan Clarkson talked to reporters about how almost experiencing death changed his mindset and how the team felt while it was happening.

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Jeffrey Iafrate

Specs Howard grad. Aspiring journalist and avid Detroit sports fan!