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U-Michigan Basketball team's scary airplane ride

From AviationSafetyNetwork:


A McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration N786TW, suffered a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff from runway 23L at Detroit-Willow Run Airport, Michigan, USA. The aircraft had been chartered by the University of Michigan Basketball team for a flight to a game in Washington, DC.

The aircraft overran the end of the runway, damaged approach lights, went through the perimeter fence and crossed Tyler Road.

It came to rest on grassy terrain, 345 meters past the end of the runway, with the rear fuselage across a ditch. The nose landing gear had collapsed…

Drill down for links to social media and news reports. Folks were bounced around and shook up but no significant injuries reported. They made alternate travel plans to DC. It's not clear what led to this accident but apparently the airframe held together well.

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