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Michigan team plane slides off runway after aborted takeoff

John Beilein

Michigan head coach John Beilein walks off the court after the Wolverines defeated Michigan State during an NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, March 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Michigan was involved in an accident Wednesday as it attempted its air travel to Washington, D.C. for the Big Ten tournament.

“After attempting to take off in high winds, takeoff was aborted,” the school said in a released statement, “and, after strong braking, the plane slid off runway. The plane sustained extensive damage but everyone on board was safely evacuated and is safe.

“The team is making alternate travel plans.”

Details beyond the release remained scarce as of Wednesday afternoon, but what’s clear is it was a serious situation for those involved.



The Wolverines are slated to face Illinois at noon tomorrow.