Salt Lake City-“In 10 to 15 minutes, I think all of us are questioning whether we will be here today.”
This is how Jazz guard Mike Conley described what happened on Tuesday afternoon, when the Utah Jazz chartered plane to Memphis hit a group of birds and blew up an engine, forcing the plane to turn back and make an emergency landing. . It was a terrible test, with huge explosions, seeing flames and minutes of uncertainty, because the team wanted to know whether the worst had yet to come.
This is in their own words.
Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson: “So I can see the engine and everything when I sit on the plane. I happen to be a bad boy who got up a bit and grabbed the contents of my bag when we took off. I just remember to go back to my seat when I When I sat on my seat, I heard a loud noise.”
Conley: “I think it’s me, JC, Joe (Ingles), Miye (Oni), and (Derrick) Favors-like we are all between the wings of an airplane, and suddenly it feels like there is an explosion. Literally, This is true for most people on airplanes.”
Clarkson: “When I sat in my seat, I heard a loud noise. Mike and I looked at each other, and he was like,’Oh, that’s a bird!” I think Mike had seen a bird pass through a window before. Just saw it happen-all I heard was a loud noise.
A spokeswoman at the Salt Lake International Airport confirmed that the aircraft’s left engine had been damaged due to a bird strike. Engine photos taken after landing showed obvious damage to the left engine.
Clarkson: “I turned around, looked out the window, and saw the whole engine shaking, everything was there. Then you saw everyone in the back reacting to what was happening.”
Conley: “The plane immediately rebounded and then began to tilt to the left. People behind the plane said they saw flames. Immediately the altitude began to drop a bit, and we began to look down, wondering what happened just now, and no one knew.”
Clarkson: “Many people sitting behind the engine saw a burst of flames. So, they might immediately think that the plane was completely on fire.”
Fear fell into-real real fear. They heard explosions, saw flames, and the plane was now tilting and falling. It is natural to think that the worst is happening. To make things more terrifying, they did not get instant messages from the pilots of what was happening.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder: “One of the engines exploded, and for a while (in this case, about 10 minutes or 15 minutes), the pilot was assessing the situation, but no one really knew what was going on.”
Conley: “Everyone was quiet; we were just shocked. It took the pilot about 10 minutes to check everything-after checking, and then coming back to us to let us know what happened, because it was clear that the plane did Something went wrong. It feels like the plane disintegrated in mid-air.”
Clarkson: “It’s like one of the flights you want to send a text message-I know you’ve seen a movie in a movie like the plane is about to crash. By then, all of us on the plane said,’This may be true It’s the ending.'”
Snyder: “They are passing different agreements and checklists, and in this case, you are in trouble. It is a painful and creepy feeling.”
Conley: “I can’t represent everyone, but I know that guys are trying to text family members just in case. This is the case.”
After the exciting moment, the message finally arrived: the pilot calmly informed the passengers that the engine had been lost after the bird hit, and they would turn around and land at the Salt Lake International Airport. Everything should be fine.
Clarkson: “This is definitely a comforting thing. But all of us look out the window like,’Man, just land anywhere! We don’t care! Once we get to the ground, we can check everything else later. . This plane is on the ground, just allowing us to live and transcend this.”
Snyder: “Pilots-you will appreciate their expertise, their training and everything they do to ensure the safety of all of us.”
The plane landed back to the airport before 2pm-everyone on board was safe.
Delta spokesperson Anthony Black (Anthony Black): “The plane landed without incident. It slid back to its original position.”
Conley: “We are very happy and grateful for the pilots and staff and all they have done to get us back home safely. I think many of us are obviously shocked.”
Clarkson: “This is definitely an experience that I am very happy that we can share, because like I said, many of us have really come to the point:’Man, this may be over for us.'”
Snyder: “The most important thing is, obviously, everything has been proven. We are safe.”
On Tuesday night a few hours after the incident, the Jazz flew to Memphis again. Everyone except Donovan Mitchell. Soon after the second plane took off, the Jazz announced that Mitchell was not in the team due to “personal reasons.” In the past, Mitchell knew he was not the biggest fan of flying.
Clarkson: “I fully understand why Tang didn’t come, because, I mean, all of us seem to be outside, in trouble,’Wow, what happened?'”
Conley: “Not only do you have to experience something similar, then go back to the plane, and then play the game again. It brings a perspective of life for all of us. We are all very grateful to be here and do what we love. “
Clarkson: “I just want to take another plane immediately to overcome this fear…. I don’t think this has happened many times while flying. I have talked with many friends in the league, and they said, This is their greatest fear.”
Snyder: “I don’t know that such an experience will suddenly disappear and disappear. Everyone is affected in different ways, which is very important. This is not something we have to resolve by discussing everything, but I think we must admit that we all What people have experienced, and, in fact, have the same gratitude and appreciation for the fragility we all live in, sometimes without even realizing it.”
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