'Undetected mechanical malfunction' blamed for 2017 airplane incident

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday a March 2017 incident in which an MD-83 airplane carrying the University of Michigan men’s basketball team ran off the end of a runway was due to an undetected mechanical malfunction. The pilot of the Ameristar Charters Boeing MD-83 decided to abort the takeoff at about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) down a 7,500-foot runway in Ypsilanti, Michigan, but was traveling too fast to stop the plane on the remaining runway. The plane departed the runway at about 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour), traveled 950 feet across a Read More