About a half hour into Butler’s flight back to Indianapolis Thursday night all of the lights went out in their plane as it descended rapidly – falling from 35,000 to 10,000 feet in just over 10 minutes. Butler’s coach Chris Holtmann told ESPN that “It started to get really cold, and the plane went completely dark, then all the oxygen masks came flying down, and the flight attendant told everyone to put the masks on. She kept repeating it”. Players and coaches alike scrambled to text their loved ones fearing that the worst might come of the situation.
Fortunately, the plane ended up touching down in Pittsburgh around midnight. The team stayed in a local hotel and plans to travel back to Indy on Friday morning, via bus. We give our thoughts and prayers to all involved and affected by this alarming situation. Butler University issued a Tweet late last night confirming the safety of the players and staff.
Our plane experienced some cabin pressure issues this evening. We were diverted and have landed safely in Pittsburgh. All is well.
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) December 30, 2016
Looking forward, the 11-2 Bulldogs square off against 10-4 Providence at home on New Year’s Day at 2:00 PM. Look for this to be another thrilling conference matchup in the ultra-competitive Big East.