According to Bama Hammer, a digital site dedicated to University of Alabama Athletics, the Crimson Tide gymnastics team’s Delta flight from Atlanta to Seattle required an emergency landing in Denver.
The team, which finished second at the SEC Championship meet earlier this month in Birmingham, arrived in Seattle, after traveling for 17 hours, per the report.
Bama Hammer’s Report
Here is an excerpt from the Bama Hammer story describing the frightening event:
“The Alabama Crimson Tide were on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Seattle. Less than two hours into the flight, the cabin lost pressure. The lights went off, and the emergency airbags dropped from the ceiling for passengers to use.
Within seven minutes, the plane dropped 18000 feet in altitude over seven minutes, which is around 43 feet per second.
The flight then made an emergency landing in Denver. They stayed in the Denver airport for six hours while things were settled.
At around 1 in the morning, the team made it back on a plane and flew to Seattle. The entire day of traveling took 17 hours for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but they made it to their destination.”
Always resilient, there is no mention of the emergency landing on the Alabama Gymnastics Facebook or Twitter pages.
The team did post this fun Facebook video from Seattle:
Regionals This Week
It does look like the plane trip had zero impact on the team. That’s good news for Alabama Gymnastics fans who have March 31st circled on their calendar — the date the Tide will face off against Michigan State, BYU and Washington in the second round of the NCAA Regionals.
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