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Storm fuels distressing end to USC's chartered flight

Updated: October 19, 2007, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- USC's football team, coaches and staff endured several terrifying minutes as their chartered flight to South Bend plummeted amid a severe thunderstorm, forcing the pilot to abort his first landing attempt.

About 125 people, including 82 players, coach Pete Carroll and most of the coaching staff faced a harrowing end to their trip across the country for Saturday's game.

"There was a moment there when I was thinking, 'This is it,' " Dennis Slutak, USC's director ...

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