The Pittsburgh Steelers’ charter plane made an emergency landing in Kansas City, Missouri, while traveling back from Sunday’s contest against the Las Vegas Raiders.
According to ESPN, the “plane landed at KCI Airport at 3:55 a.m. CT because of oil pressure failure in one of the engines.”
Plane carrying Pittsburgh Steelers was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City. Luckily everyone on board is ok 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YSvQk9PxmU
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) September 25, 2023
Fire trucks were at the scene inspecting the Airbus A330-900, according to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA, which had a news crew aboard the plane.
The Steelers were returning to Pittsburgh after Sunday night’s 23-18 victory over the Raiders. Steelers veteran defensive lineman Cam Heyward quipped on social media platform X that the emergency landing was a result of a “roughing the passer call” on teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Heyward also joked that the Steelers might need their ride home arranged by Travis Kelce and pop superstar Taylor Swift, who attended Sunday’s game in Kansas City after an invitation from the Chiefs star tight end.
Per FlightAware, the Steelers’ replacement plane with 182 passengers on board took off at 10:29 a.m. CT and landed in Pittsburgh at 1:19 p.m. ET.
— FOX4 News Kansas City (@fox4kc) September 25, 2023
“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,” said Pittsburgh Steelers Senior Director of Communications Burt Lauten.
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