Miami Heat team plane skids on ice while taxiing at Milwaukee airport
The Miami Heat team plane lost traction on some ice buildup and skidded while taxiing during wintry conditions at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport on Wednesday night. But it appears to only have been a minor incident and no injuries were reported.
BREAKING: A charter plane carrying the Miami Heat slid on ice while taxi-ing at Milwaukee’s airport. No one hurt. Heat play #Bucks Friday pic.twitter.com/xmonDlE9yG
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) January 12, 2017
The incident occurred after the team plan landed in Milwaukee ahead of Saturday’s game against the Bucks, per a tweet from the Heat’s official Twitter account.
Upon landing in Milwaukee tonight the team plane slid while taxiing but never left the pavement. Everyone on board has deplaned and is ok.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 12, 2017
The Heat’s plane departed Oakland on Wednesday afternoon, a day after the team’s 107-95 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The incident occurred at approximately 10:07 p.m. Eastern after landing at the Milwaukee airport. Passengers apparently didn’t even notice something awry had occurred until emergency vehicles pulled up alongside the plane.
“I don’t think any of the players even noticed,” a Heat team spokesman said, via the Miami Herald. “It was really more of an inconvenience than anything. We had to wait an extra hour and a half to get towed over and deplane. Everyone was fine.”
The spokesman added that the plane’s wheels never left the pavement during the incident, but added the plane initially required a tow before resuming under its own power before parking. Passengers aboard the plan then de-boarded as normal.
Heat guard Wayne Ellington took to Twitter to weigh in on what had happened.
Could have been worse. Thank God it wasn't.. https://t.co/n4xBYGNZ6n
— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) January 12, 2017
It’s worth noting this is the second incident in as many days involving inclement weather impacting an NBA team’s travel. The Trail Blazers had their flight into Portland rerouted to Seattle due to a winter storm.
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