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Bulls announcers recount frightening engine failure on plane ride to Indianapolis

The Chicago Bulls survived a scary plane ride to Indianapolis on Saturday.

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The Bulls are back at the United Center tonight to face the Utah Jazz, and they're surely thankful for that. A seemingly innocuous two-game road trip with visits to Indianapolis and San Antonio gave the Bulls a lot more worry about than just an 0-2 record.

As you have probably heard by now, the Bulls experienced some pretty scary engine trouble on the ride to Indianapolis on Saturday. I'll let radio color man and historic Canadian basketball figure Bill Wennington explain it:

"Apparently a compressor in engine No. 3 had some trouble, and it sounded like it exploded, but I guess it’s like a jet engine backfire, which is very loud. Sparks fly out of it. It happened actually right after … the captain thrusts the engines forward and it revs up and starts to go, about three seconds after that you hear a ‘Boom!’ ‘Oh, what was that, are we stopping?’ The plane keeps going down [the runway] and you’re thinking, ‘Oh no, why aren’t we stopping?’

"It was funny, because we’re in the back of the plane, and the engines are right by us, and we hear it. They can’t hear it [in the front of the plane]. And apparently they couldn’t feel anything. And so we take off fine, and about five minutes later, two more booms, ‘Boom!, Boom!,’ and a couple people saw flames and sparks and stuff flying out [while looking out of] the window. We’re all thinking, ‘Well, it’s been nice.’"

So, that is terrifying!

Stacey King added more:

"Honestly, it was really scary. We thought we were going to go down. And so they turned us back around and got us back to the airport. We made it back safely. … So, thank God, we made it back and we were blessed to land safely. After getting on the ground that night, I was ready to get on a bicycle and ride to Indy. I was shook for a little bit.

"I’m not going to sit up here and lie, if I had a teddy bear, I probably would have been grabbing it. It was a frightening situation. Our pilots did a good job of getting us back down. You can fly with one engine. We had an extra engine, so they had two engines left. So we weren’t in any kind of danger as far as doing a nose dive. Whenever you see flames come out of an engine, that’s a little bit scary."

Since, the Bulls have been traveling on the goodwill of the Blackhawks and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who lent the Bulls his plane for their Wednesday game against San Antonio. This was of course first reported by.....Lou Amundson on Twitter:

This is somewhat unfortunate, as the image of Nazr Mohammed in coach is a fun one. What, you think Reinsdorf actually would have sprung for first class? Please. That Chris Sale extension isn't going to pay for itself!