Michigan Women’s Team Makes Emergency Landing After Plane Loses Pressure

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A narrow loss in the NCAA Tournament became the least of the Michigan women’s basketball team’s concerns.

That’s because the Wolverines had to make an emergency landing after the cabin in their airplane lost pressure.

The Wolverines had just suffered a 78-75 overtime defeat against Baylor, a tourney game that was held in San Antonio. But as they made their way back to Ann Arbor, Mich., things got hairy.

Assistant coach Toyelle Wilson documented the experience on Twitter as the plane was forced to touch down in tiny Evansville, Ind.

“Just went through the worst flying experience,” Wilson wrote. “We are flying back to MI & hit a storm — lost pressurization — the oxygen masks dropped from the compartments. Told (because) we dropped at a certain feet and had to use them. We have just emergency landed in Evansville, IN. Please (pray) for us.”

The prayers were answered, as the Wolverines were eventually back in the air and arrived home safely.


According to the Michigan Daily, several players suffered bloody noses as a result of the emergency landing, but most everyone got through it unscathed.

It’s not clear if Michigan had to board a new plane or just kept going on the same one. All that really matters though is that the Wolverines lived to see another day. Not in the tournament, mind you, but in the game that really matters.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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