Utah Jazz Players Feared for Their Lives After Engine Failure

The Utah Jazz went through a horrible scene as their team's plane collided with a flock of birds shortly after taking off on Tuesday for Memphis. The collision caused an engine fire and the failure forced the pilots to get into damage control mode and the emergency landing shook the players.

It got to that point where we were all on the plane like, 'This might be really the end - Jordan Clarkson
For a good 10 or 15 minutes, I think all of us on that flight were questioning if we were going to be here today. That's how serious it was for us. I can't speak for everybody, but I know that guys were trying to text family just in case, you know? It was that kind of situation. Nobody knows. Everybody's just quiet. It took the pilots probably five to 10 minutes, probably about 10 minutes, to go through everything, go through their checks and get back to us and let us know what was going on. Because it was obvious that something was really wrong with the plane.

It felt like the plane was breaking apart in midair. For five or 10 minutes, it felt like complete helplessness. We're thankful it wasn't as serious as it could have been, but it was scary. - Mike Conley

 Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is not a fan of flying and the incident left him shook. He did not accompany the team on their next flight and missed the game against the Grizzlies. 

Here's a look at the carnage as we are glad everyone is ok!

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