Interesting article on ESPN.com:
Apparently The Chicago Bulls plane made a return to ORD
on Sat., March 2 after encountering an engine problem on take-off. Amid the quotes of players being scared and fears of a crash, there is mention made of a potential engine backfire with no legitimate aviation claims to cite fact. Also mentioned the plane had three engines.
That leaves me with two questions:
1. Anyone out there know what actually happened?
2. Do the Bulls own their own plane? Three engines lead me to conclude it's a 727, so either they own their own or they charter from someone other than a scheduled carrier.
Would love more info on this, which isn't given in the story.
P.S., it was pretty cool of the Blackhawks hockey team and Mark Cuban to lend their planes to the Bulls. Heard Cuban on the radio the other day talking about having a lifetime AAirpass that he bought before becoming a billionaire and how he passed it on to his father. It was funny stuff. He talked about showing up at the gate one time and since he had an AAirpass, he bumped Magic Johnson from the flight.