Bird strike forces rerouting of Delta flight carrying Utah Jazz players to Memphis
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz basketball team was on a chartered Delta flight that took off Tuesday for Memphis, TN, but turned around and landed again soon after takeoff.
Jazz spokesman Frak Zank said the plane had to land after hitting a bird. KSL Sports’ Jazz Insider Ben Anderson told KSL Newsradio it was a very quick flight.
“The plane took off around 1:15 today [Tuesday] headed towards Memphis where the Jazz will be playing the Grizzlies tomorrow.
“They were climbing to about 85-hundred feet,” Anderson said, “and hit a bird. They had to turn around and return to the Salt Lake Airport.”
Anderson said the flight lasted only about 15 minutes. When they got back on the ground, the players started tweeting.
It appears members of the @utahjazz are happy to be safely back on the ground.
Thankfully nobody was hurt. pic.twitter.com/qbirDm4CmR
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) March 30, 2021
Anderson said the team is planning to fly back to Memphis on Tuesday night if they can switch planes.
A Delta spokesman told KSL Newsradio that the airplane landed without incident
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