UMASS Basketball Team Plane Makes Emergency Landing

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A charter plane with the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team on board made an emergency landing yesterday when smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The World Atlantic Airlines' Boeing MD-80 aircraft landed safely at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Albany International Airport. The flight--with 35 players, coaches and others--was making its way to Bradford, Pa. from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Mass., for a game against St. Bonaventure.

Jason Yellin, media relations director for UMass, tells the Boston Globe a flight attendant announced the plane was going to have to make an emergency landing approximately 25 minutes into the flight. The plane took a sharp turn back east and landed a few tense minutes later in Albany, where firefighters raced on board.

"It was a little bit scary," coach Derek Kellogg tells the news outlet. "I had to keep my composure because I'm responsible for these guys, but there was a part of me that was pretty worried."

The Federal Aviation Administration reported no injuries. A spokesman says the agency will investigate the cause of the problem today.

To make it to the game, the team boarded another jet from World Atlantic that was coming from Rhode Island.

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