The Seattle SuperSonics were in Oklahoma on Monday following their road game against the Houston Rockets. The team’s charter had a malfunction during the flight and had to make an unplanned, emergency landing at, of all places, Will Rogers.
The team was supposed to arrive in Seattle at 10 p.m following the 1:30 p.m. tip in Houston but didn’t land in Seattle until 1:30 a.m. meaning they spent 4 1/2 hours in Oklahoma City.
The malfunction called for a new plane, which was the reason for such a long delay. Such delays are not uncommon in the NBA. You’ll hear about at least once such pit stop from each team every year.
Despite the lengthy delay, however, the players, coaches and staff never stepped foot off the malfunctioning aircraft until the second plane arrived and they boarded it. Stranded on the tarmac, the team couldn’t tour the city, instead having to settle to talk among themselves, read or watch videos.