Michigan Basketball Plane Aborts Takeoff In High Winds, Goes Off Runway, Rips Through Fence, Sustains ‘Extensive Damage’

The Michigan basketball team is safe after the team’s charter plane slid off the runway during an aborted takeoff today due to high winds — gusts over 60 mph have been reported in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. As you can see from the photos, the plane skidded over an embankment and came to a stop.

The team was flying out of Willow Run Airport, which is in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Our team and everyone in our travel party is safe. Update on today’s travel accident.

Thanks for your well wishes! #GoBluepic.twitter.com/CJfrr5ONEJ

— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 8, 2017


From Michigan basketball play-by-play guy Matt Shepard:

Scary attempt to get to DC but everyone is alright pic.twitter.com/gC4nJBxUDw

— Matt Shepard (@ShepMatt) March 8, 2017


peak wind gusts as of 1100 AM
Ann Arbor 62 mph
Ypsilanti 59 mph
Pontiac 58 mph
Detroit City Airport58 mph
Detroit Metro Airport 56

— Dave Rexroth (@rexroth7wxyz) March 8, 2017

Scariest moment of my life but we're all good. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/3GGd2Rw5no

— Tyler Davis (@tylerjdavis2) March 8, 2017

Michigan basketball team plane slides off runway at airport https://t.co/jVzHcDJBzq pic.twitter.com/9dC3cx54HO

— WCPO (@WCPO) March 8, 2017

Before takeoff:

A2 ✈️ DC#GoBlue #B1GTourney pic.twitter.com/ABbjnXHJ6m

— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) March 8, 2017