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Witness Of Michigan Plane Incident Says Pilot "Undoubtedly Saved Our Lives"

Michigan plane damaged after the crash.

After the Michigan plane slid off the runway on Wednesday, the team didn't arrive at the Big Ten Tournament until this morning. Details of the incident are terrifying.

MLive.com's Brendan Quinn spoke to those on the plane, who described a frightening scene.

According to those who were there, Michigan's team plane never lifted off on Wednesday. Amid heavy winds, the plane sped down the runway before the pilot slammed on the brakes, sending the plane sliding through the end of the runway.

The landing gear collapsed and the plane went through a fence and, as one descriptor said, "the pilot opted to veer to the side instead of going toward buildings."

There was a ravine ahead. The plane stopped just short of it. There was a jolt. Those on the plane described waiting for the plane to stop; "it felt like forever," Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson said.

One unnamed witness credits the pilot with saving their lives by managing to stop the plane short of a ravine.

"That pilot undoubtedly saved our lives," said one witness, who requested to not be quoted directly. "He knew something wasn't right."

Because of the abrupt change in travel plans, Michigan is currently playing—and thriving—in makeshift practice uniforms, as the game uniforms were aboard the original plane, and couldn't be unloaded due to an investigation into the issues. While it makes for a funny visual now, the entire situation didn't always have such levity.

Michigan, fresh off of that terrifying moment from yesterday, leads Illinoise 40-29 at halftime of their Big Ten Tournament game.

[MLive.com]