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Butler men’s basketball team has major scare after chartered plane loses cabin pressure

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Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Butler men’s basketball team experienced a serious scare when their chartered plane from New York to Indianapolis lost cabin pressure and went into a rapid descent.

Coach Chris Holtmann said some staff members were so afraid that they texted family members, thinking they might never see them again.

According to Holtmann , about 25 minutes into the flight from New York LaGuardia airport after a 76-73 loss to St. John’s, the cabin lights went out.

“It started to get really cold, and the plane went completely dark,” Holtmann said.”Then all the oxygen masks came flying down, and the flight attendant told everyone to put the masks on. She kept repeating it.

“We had a really rapid descent. In the span of 10 or 12 minutes, we went from 35,000 feet to 10,000 feet,” he added.

Holtmann said he heard players yelling in panic from the back of the plane and that staff members were texting their wives.

“As a coach, you are obviously thinking of your family,” Holtmann said. “But you are also thinking about all the young men on the plane. I was shook. It was scary, we had guys crying.”

The team landed in Pittsburgh shortly after midnight and stayed at a local hotel. They planned to take a charter flight Friday but instead took the bus back to Indianapolis because another plane was not available.

The Bulldogs expect to arrive in Indianapolis early Friday evening, and associate athletic director John Dedman thanked people for “the notes and well wishes.”

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