Jet Carrying Detroit Hockey Team Forced to Make Emergency Landing
Oct. 18, 1985
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) _ One of two engines on a Republic Airlines jetliner carrying 82 passengers, including the Detroit Red Wings hockey team, failed shortly after takeoff Thursday from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, forcing the DC-9 to make an emergency landing, authorities said.
No injuries were reported.
The right engine turbine failed shortly after Flight 308 had taken off about 10:25 a.m. for Minneapolis-St. Paul, said airline spokesman Walt Hellman.
The cause was not immediately determined, he said. Two investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration inspected the plane.
The Red Wings were on their way to Minneapolis to meet the Minnesota North Stars for a National Hockey League game Thursday night.
Red Wings Coach Harry Neale said he thought the emergency would shake up his team, which had lost three games and tied one going into the contest with the North Stars.
''It's good for 'em,'' the first-year coach said. ''They'll play better. They'll be upset, on edge ... maybe.''
The Red Wings were beaten by the North Stars 10-1 Thursday night.
It was the second time this year that the Red Wings had encountered airplane trouble prior to playing the North Stars.
The team was forced to cancel a Sept. 23 exhibition game against Minnesota after a propeller failed on their Air Ontario charter plane after takeoff from Sarnia, Ontario and prompted an emergency landing at Bay City.