Michigan Basketball Head Coach John Beilein has addressed today's incident.
"We have a few people banged up a little bit, a few cuts, few bruises, but other than that, everybody's healthy," Beilein says. "It's only an airplane. It's only an airplane that was destroyed. No lives were destroyed."
"Our kids will look at life much differently after what we just experienced," he also said.
When asked about continuing their trip, Beilein says, "Right now, I think the best decision is to wait 'til tomorrow, and just get up early and go."
5:56 pm Update:
More pictures of the aftermath are appearing on social media:
That was crazy,glad everyone is ok! Coach B's leadership was great, he helped everyone off the plane as they slid down the emergency slide. pic.twitter.com/sDWz6DWEoE
A charter MD83 slid off Runway 23L upon departure from Willow Run Airport at 2:55 Eastern Time this afternoon. The intended destination of the aircraft was Dulles International Airport, Washington DC. The FAA is investigating.
Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein says the team is safe.
John Beilein tells me that no one was injured seriously in the plane accident, but a few people are banged up. "All is OK," Beilein says.
The University of Michigan is confirming the flight that went off the runway was carrying the men's basketball team.
The released the following statement:
The Michigan men's basketball team plane was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to take off in high winds, takeoff was aborted and, after strong braking, the plane slide off runway. The plane sustained extensive damage but everyone on board was safely evacuated and is safe. The team is making alternate travel plans.
They also tweeted out the statement:
Our team and everyone in our travel party is safe. Update on today's travel accident.