Team Safe After Accident, Will Travel to D.C. Thursday

March 8, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team's plane was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon (March 8) while departing for the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C.

The team's takeoff was aborted and the plane slid off the runway. The plane sustained what appears to be significant damage, but everyone on board was safely evacuated and is safe.

Late Wednesday night, the team was able to arrange alternate travel and anticipates being able to play its Thursday game at noon against Illinois at the Verizon Center.

"President Schlissel and I are glad to know that the students, coaches and staff are all safe and that nobody was seriously injured," said Warde Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "The safety and health of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.

"We have worked quickly to arrange alternative travel arrangements for the Michigan travel party. We have been in constant contact with the Big Ten Conference and appreciate their support and willingness to work with us as we sorted through all of the issues. As of right now, we will be able to arrive tomorrow morning in D.C. and play the game at noon as scheduled.

"We appreciate all the support and well wishes from our Michigan family as well as those who have reached out with their thoughts and support. Go Blue!"

Michigan's travel party will meet at 6 a.m. on Thursday and depart from Detroit Metro Airport at 7:30 a.m. The team anticipates arriving at 8:45 a.m. and traveling directly to the Verizon Center for its noon game against Illinois.

Communications Contact: Kurt Svoboda

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