Point guard Mike Colney said the Utah Jazz players feared for their lives when their chartered plane ran into a flock of birds and then forced into an emergency landing. The plane’s engine failed shortly after takeoff but managed a safe landing back at the Salt Lake airport. They were managed to board another flight soon after and landed in Memphis on Tuesday.
“All of a sudden it felt like there was an explosion. That’s what it sounded like for most people on the plane,” Conley said.”For a good 10 or 15 minutes, all of us on that flight were questioning if we were going to be here today.”
“The plane started to bounce and then tilted to the left, people in the back said they saw flames. The altitude started to drop, we started looking down wondering what happened,” he added. “That’s how serious it was. I can’t speak for everybody, but I know guys were trying to text family just in case. It was that kind of situation.”
All-star guard Donovan Mitchell who has a fear of flying later decided not to take the second flight with the team. The Jazz revealed that Mitchell wasn’t with the team for “personal reasons and Jordan Clarkson said he completely backed him on his choice not to travel.