Engine problem forces Bucks' plane to make detour

Updated: February 7, 2006, 7:34 PM ET
Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Midwest Airlines jet carrying the Milwaukee Bucks and other passengers made an unscheduled stop at Gerald R. Ford International Airport after a mechanical problem with one of the plane's engines, an airline spokeswoman said.

The airplane, which was carrying 34 people, landed at 11:50 p.m. EST Monday, Midwest spokeswoman Carol Skornicka said.

The passengers eventually were loaded onto another aircraft and continued their flight to Milwaukee, departing around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"It was not a long delay, but at that hour, it was inconvenient, and we regret that," Skornicka said.

Airport spokesman Bruce Schedlbauer said the engine sustained damage, but he described the landing as precautionary, rather than emergency.

Earlier reports that ice had developed in one of the plane's two engines while flying at 20,000 feet were incorrect, Skornicka said.

"It was a mechanical problem, the origin of which we're in the process of investigating," she said. "It is believed the mechanical issue occurred at the time of takeoff."

The Bucks were flying out of Cleveland after losing 89-86 to the Cavaliers.

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