The flight scheduled to carry the Utah Jazz to Memphis for their scheduled game against the Grizzlies reportedly made an emergency landing. Utah’s Tuesday evening flight safely made the landing after hitting a flock of birds.
Just 5-10 minutes following takeoff, passengers and crew reported a loud noise coming from the left engine. Upon the impact, the plane’s pilot managed to land back at Salt Lake City International Airport without further incident.
Delta Airlines chartered the team’s flight who are scheduled for a Wednesday night conference matchup against the Grizzlies. All players, staff, and crew reported no injuries, although the plane suffered significant damage. Along with visible impact damage in the front of the plane, the left engine also shut off during the flight.
Despite the incident, the team’s matchup against the Grizzlies is remains set for Wednesday, March 8. Players and staff reportedly went home following the impact as Delta worked on finding another flight for the team.
As of Tuesday, the Jazz sit atop the Western Conference where they remain in contention for this year’s title.