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PHOTO: Plane Carrying USC Football Team Tips Backward on Tarmac in Dangerous Moment Ahead of Game

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A dangerous moment unfolded last night as the plane that was carrying the USC football team, coaches, and the rest of the staff tipped backward with people still on board.

The team plane had just arrived at its destination in Lewiston, Idaho, for the matchup between the USC Trojans and the Washington State Cougars. Lewiston sits about 30 miles southeast of Pullman, Washington. And after making their arrival, the plane was sitting on the tarmac when it suddenly tipped backward. The ground crew that was working reportedly did not put the tail stand properly in place upon arrival. That caused the nose of the plane to go up into the air.

Evidently, many players and staff members had already exited the plane when the incident occurred. However, there were still some members of the program that were on the plane. Thankfully, everyone is safe and the team reported no injuries. Everyone that was still aboard the plane was able to exit once they knew the situation was safe.

“USC just arrived in Pullman WA for their game with Wazzu. Here’s their plane… Half the team was still on it too. No explanation yet…”

College Football Fans Comment on USC Football Team Plane Debacle

College football fans had a lot to say after pictures surfaced of the USC team plane incident on social media. And it’s hard to blame them after seeing a photo of the back of the plane sitting on the ground.

“Guess the offensive line was sitting at the back of the plane,” one fan joked.

“It was a tradition that the USC Football team upon arrival at the visiting stadium they would rock the bus side to side,” another person recalled. “Rocking the plane takes it to new heights.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Kartje, a USC beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, provided an update a little later on Saturday.

“An update re: USC’s tipped plane incident: USC players were off the plane, but several USC staff and coaches were still on the plane when it began to slowly tip. There was a loud crash when it hit. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Everyone moved to the front, and it tipped back.”

As the old saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.” The Trojans have had a rough go of it as of late. Saturday will be the team’s first game without head coach Clay Helton after he was fired following an embarrassing loss to Stanford last week. But as it currently stands, it looks like USC is going to pull off the win over Washington State. They are currently up 35-14 at the start of the 4th quarter. With a win, the Trojans will move to 2-1 on the season and will look to take on the Oregon State Beavers at home next weekend.