Plane Carrying Utah Jazz Forced into Emergency Landing

Mar 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with his players during a time out in the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Many of the players expressed their thanks and gratitude after the landing.

As of Tuesday, the Jazz sit atop the Western Conference where they remain in contention for this year’s title.

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