Monday morning presented a scary situation for Iowa assistant men’s basketball coach Sherman Dillard.
The assistant, in his eighth year with the Hawkeyes, was flying out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, but his plane had to make an emergency landing after 10 minutes because of “fire on board,” he tweeted.
Thankfully, it seems that nobody was hurt and the plane landed safely as illustrated by his tweet, but there are no other details at the moment.
Emergency landing 10 minutes after takeoff from O'hare. Fire on board. Feeling blessed right now. pic.twitter.com/P1cNVc57xH
— Sherman Dillard (@shermandillard) May 1, 2017
Dillard accompanied the tweet with “Feeling blessed right now.”
In the video from the tweet, you can see fire trucks around the plane while passengers scatter on the tarmac, but the situation looks under control.
Dillard arrived at Iowa in 2010. He played at James Madison in the 1970s and has spent time as an assistant and head coach in many locations.
We’ll keep an eye out for any updates moving forward.
CBS Chicago is now reporting that the flight, SkyWest 2936 which was operating as American Eagle, was headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It landed safely at DuPage Airport in West Chicago and no one was injured. Smoke in the cockpit and cabin caused the emergency landing, according to the report.