UPDATE: Badger players return to Madison after harrowing trip
Badger basketball players on their trip back to Madison Wednesday.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Members of the Badgers basketball team and their traveling party returned to Madison Wednesday afternoon after their original flight home from Baltimore was forced to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning.
UW Athletic officials say forty one people traveled with the official team party for the Badgers' Monday game against the University of Maryland.
UW Athletics communications official Patrick Herb tells 27 News the scheduled departure flight on a fifty-seat jet from Baltimore International Airport was delayed by more than an hour by the failure of the aircraft's cabin door to close.
Herb says after the flight departed, he noticed the jet appeared to making a descent forty five minutes into a scheduled, two hour flight. Herb says a flight attendant informed him the pilot was making an emergency landing because of instrument indications of an engine problem. Herb tells 27 News he informed some of those on board, but many players and others remained asleep as the plane touched down in Pittsburgh.
Herb says three hotels were found to accommodate the traveling party, with few hotel vacancies available in Pittsburgh in Tuesday's wee morning hours.
Another aircraft was used to fly the team and traveling party to Wisconsin Aviation's air strip at the Dane County Regional Airport just past 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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