Just hours after their narrow win over the Las Vegas Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers had another close call on their way home, as their team plane was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday morning in Kansas City -- where the team is awaiting a new flight to Pittsburgh.
The Delta Airlines charter from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh touched down at Kansas City International Airport at 3:57 a.m. CT. A person on the plane told Pittsburgh TV station WTAE an oil pressure light went off, prompting the plane to land.
The unexpected landing was confirmed on social media by Steelers communications director Burt Lauten, who noted that everyone on the plane is safe and plans are in the works to have the team arrive in Pittsburgh later Monday morning.
Our team charter plane was unexpectedly diverted to Kansas City early this morning on our way back to Pittsburgh following our game in Las Vegas. Everyone on the plane is safe, and we are making necessary plans to arrive back in Pittsburgh later today.
— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 25, 2023
The Kansas City Aviation Department said the 182 passengers and crew were to remain on their original plane until a replacement was expected to arrive around 9:30 a.m. CT.
News photographer Ian Smith of Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV reports that one of the plane's engines sustained some damage during the original flight. He also said the team, staff and media members who were aboard deplaned and were going to board a new flight to Pittsburgh. Kalea Gunderson at WTAE reported that the team was finally returning to Pittsburgh after more than an eight-hour delay.
A closer look at the damage to the #2 engine of the #Steelers Charter after the Airbus A330 made an emergency landing overnight in Kansas City. Team, staff and media including @RichieWalsh and myself are now off the plane and heading to a new plane back to Pittsburgh. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/d6hoWcb9an
— Ian Smith (@ismithKDKA) September 25, 2023
Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward joked on X that he thought the emergency landing was due to teammate Minkah FItzpatrick's controversial roughing the passer call. Then he tagged Sunday's celebrity couple − Taylor Swift and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce − suggesting the Steelers "might need a ride to Pittsburgh."
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) September 25, 2023
On Sunday night, the Steelers defeated the Raiders 23-18 to improve their record to 2-1 on the season heading into a Week 4 matchup at Houston.
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