Plane carrying UMass Basketball team makes emergency landing in Albany

The plane carrying the UMass men’s basketball team made an emergency landing just after 4pm this afternoon after the pilots reported smoke coming from the cockpit.

The Minutemen were on their way to Olean, New York to play St. Bonaventure tomorrow night.

According to UMass Associate Athletic Director Jason Yellin the Minutemen’s plane took off from Westover AFB at 3:30 this afternoon. Roughly 20 minutes into the flight the pilot informed the crew and passengers that there was a problem, and the plane would be making an emergency landing in Albany.

The plane landed just minutes after the emergency was declared, and the Minutemen are now waiting at the Albany airport before deciding to continue to Olean or return home.

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