Ex-senator, pitcher in scary plane skid

March 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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ST. LOUIS, March 28 (UPI) -- Ballplayer Adam Wainwright, ex-Sen. Christopher Bond and 140 other passengers got a scare, but ended up laughing after a plane skidded off a St. Louis runway.

The incident occurred as a Delta flight from Atlanta landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport at 5:30 p.m. Saturday during a snowstorm, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. No one was injured.

When the plane hit the runway, Bond said, it veered way to the left.

"I'd flown long enough to know that wasn't planned," he said.

Wainwright, a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who was returning from spring training in Florida after elbow surgery, said, "There was no brake grab. There was no slowing down like you'd expect."

Bond, a Missouri Republican who retired from the Senate last year, said the pilot did a "masterful job" of maneuvering the plane safely onto an adjacent runway.

Wainwright said when the flight attendants announced, "Welcome to St. Louis," "Everybody just started laughing."

Bond observed, "As Winston Churchill said, there's no greater thrill than being shot at and missed."

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