Michigan Women's CBB Team Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Flying into Storm

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2021

Michigan players waive to their fans after a win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament at the University of Texas San Antonio Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday March 21, 2021. Michigan won 87-66. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
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The Michigan women's basketball team arrived safely in Ann Arbor early Sunday after initially making an emergency landing in Evansville, Indiana, per Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News.

The team's charter plane flew into a storm Saturday night, while an aggressive descent caused the cabin to lose pressure with oxygen masks being deployed. The plane made a diverted landing in Evansville.

There were no injuries "other than being scared," spokesperson Sarah VanMetre told Chengelis.

Michigan assistant coach Toyelle Wilson described the experience on Twitter and also posted a picture of the team after landing:

Toyelle Wilson @CoachTMWilson

Just went through the worst flying experience. We are flying back to MI & hit a storm- lost pressurization- the oxygen masks dropped from the compartments. Told bc we dropped at a certain feet & had to use them. We have just emergency landed in Evansville, IN. Please 🙏🏾 for us.

Toyelle Wilson @CoachTMWilson

Just want everyone to know, we are on the ground SAFE. Waiting for the next steps. @umichwbball 🙏🏾 https://t.co/7XSvm0ZSue

The team spent several hours in Evansville before getting on a return flight to Michigan and landing at 5:54 a.m. ET.

Michigan faced Baylor on Saturday night in a competitive Sweet 16 battle that ended with a 78-75 Baylor win in overtime. It was the Wolverines' first appearance in the regional semifinal after an upset win over No. 3 seed Tennessee in Round 2.