Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Strong winds from incoming thunderstorms almost caused the Cleveland Browns to have a crash landing when the team's plane hit the runway Sunday evening at Hopkins International Airport.
“It was pretty bad, but we’re here today to talk about it and can thank the man upstairs,” said wide receiver Davone Bess.
Following their 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns were returning home aboard United flight 1830 when an especially strong gust of wind almost caused one of the plane’s wings to hit the ground before the wheels were on the tarmac.
“I hate flying. For something like that? Holy cow,” defensive end Billy Winn said. “I swear the wing was a couple feet from the ground. At the last second it was dead quiet right before the landing. We’re going to land it got real quiet and I heard this big gust of wind and it went like that and came back and we recovered. We had a great pilot. A fantastic pilot. Bless his heart for getting here safely.”
After their safe arrival, several players shook the pilot’s hand in thanks.
“Everyone was freaking out,” said tight end Jordan Cameron. “I didn’t think it was that bad. There was some turbulence, but it wasn’t too serious. At least I thought so. Some guys were calling their moms after the flight.”
Head coach Rob Chudzinski was too busy reviewing the tape of the team’s loss to the Bengals to get too worked up over what happened. “It was just a rough landing,” Chudzinski said. “I was watching tape, and was pretty engrossed in that on the way back.”