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Plane Carrying Georgia Coach Mark Fox Nearly Crashed Into Another Plane On Runway

A plane carrying Georgia men's basketball coach Mark Fox (and others) nearly crashed into another plane on the runway in Atlanta today. 

Fox was headed to Miami, Fla. to see Miami Heat assistant Keith Smart, who is battling cancer. Fox and Smart have known each other since the 1980s. The Heat are set to play the Charlotte Hornets in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round this evening. 

The Delta plane had to "come to a screeching halt" on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as it nearly collided with another plane, per ESPN

Thankfully, everyone is OK. 

Fox tweeted about the incident. 

">@Delta was terrific in the clutch. Appreciate the concern. Go Dawgs!

— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox)

Had a ton of calls about today's flight - all is well. The pilot from @Delta was terrific in the clutch. Appreciate the concern. Go Dawgs!

— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) April 27, 2016

">April 27, 2016

Charlotte Observer reporter Scott Fowler was also on the flight. He wrote about it.

Still, it was a close call that caused a mild panic among the passengers and required our plane to return to the gate in Atlanta to allow the brakes to “cool off” and for a maintenance check, the pilot said.

The screeching those brakes made will haunt me for awhile. I have flown hundreds of times, but I have never heard anything quite like that.

You can read his full story here

The plane reportedly was set to take off shortly after 10 a.m. but didn't end up leaving until after noon. It has landed safely in Miami. 

The Heat and the Hornets are set to tip off at 8 p.m. E.T. on TNT.