Michigan basketball team leaves for Big Ten Tournament

Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 09:48:05-05

7:13 a.m. Thursday Update:

The Michigan Basketball team is getting ready to head to the Big Ten Tournament this morning. The team is expected to board a plane at Detroit Metro Airport shortly. 



6:42 pm Update:

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:

3:56 pm Update:

The FAA is investigating the accident.


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.


3:43 pm Update:

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:


3:30 pm

The FAA says Willow Run Airport is closed due to an incident involving an aircraft. 

Officials have not yet commented on the nature of the incident.

However, 7 Action News is being told that an aircraft may have gone off a runway. That information has not yet been confirmed.