A plane carrying the Washington Bullets to tonight's NBA game with the Utah Jazz made an emergency landing in Denver after temporarily losing power in one of its two engines.
"We went through the whole emergency procedure - tuck your head, grab your ankles. It was pretty frightening on the whole," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said after the plane landed Sunday. "Some people were crying, that sort of thing."The plane, a United Airlines 737, left Baltimore-Washington International Airport at about 9 a.m. Sunday, made an intermediate stop in Denver and then was supposed to get into Salt Lake City at about 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (4 p.m. EST).
But, soon after takeoff in Denver, players from the University of Utah's men's basketball team, also on the flight, saw sparks coming out of the right engine.
Unseld said the pilot came on the public address system and said an engine had blown out.
"Fire trucks lined the runway and they moved all the (air) traffic out of the area," said Unseld.
Before the plane touched down, the pilots were able to restart the engine and navigated to a safe landing with no injuries.
The Utah team took a Continental flight to Salt Lake City an hour later.
The Bullets took a Delta flight which landed around 6:30 p.m., MST. They got to their hotel at about 7 p.m., 12 hours after starting the trip.