It is somewhat amazing that this doesn't happen more often.
Last night, the Detroit Piston's chartered flight was forced to make an emergency landing after discovering an issue with the hydraulics that help with the landing gear. I'm not sure what any of that means, but it seems to me that this was more of a precautionary measure than a full fledged emergency.
Just a few months, Oklahoma St coach Kurt Budke and his assistant Mirand Serna, along with 8 others, were killed in a small plane crash in Colorado and 10 years earlier a plane carrying some of the Oklahoma St basketball players were killed in a similar crash.
Of course, in 1970 a plane carrying 37 of the Marshall football team were killed in perhaps the most infamous sports related crash of all time. All totaled, 75 people perished in the accident along with most of the coaching staff and crew members.
Plane travel is a necessity of the modern athlete's schedule and these scary situations will become even more common as more and more colleges and even high school teams choose to play teams from across the country rather than those in the next state over.
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