Heard (per Flyers.com) that the guys had a white-knuckle ride up there. Surprised they played as well as they did after being as freaked out as it seems they were.
(Ottawa, Ontario) – Anyone who travels by plane on a regular basis has at least a story or two about bad flights. After Monday, the members of the Philadelphia Flyers and their traveling party can claim one of their own.
Soon after takeoff the 3:00 p.m. takeoff, which was delayed a bit to begin with, the charter flight began shaking violently as the plane made its way through a large, ominous cloud. Turbulence on a plane flight is certainly not a new phenomenon, but the bumps and dips in the air continued to progress and get worse by the minute.
Not once, but two separate times the plane seemed to lose altitude in dramatic fashion. After about five minutes, the plane was finally able to climb to an altitude over the cloud it had been passing through and make its way to calmer air. Afterwards, the explanation of what caused the incident seemed to generate more questions and than answers.
“It was as rocky as I’ve even seen it. And not for 30 seconds, for five minutes, which felt like a half hour,” said Martin Biron.
The goaltender was asked who appeared to be the most rattled on the flight.
“I would say Mike Knuble, although Scottie Upshall, you guys would not have been able to have a recorder anywhere near him because you wouldn’t have gotten any uncensored quotes,” he joked. “Knuble said his socks were soaked by the time the plane stopped shaking.”
The Flyers had a harrowing experience on their flight from Philadelphia to Ottawa Monday, one they hope will be an exorcism of sorts for their latest losing streak.
Minutes after take off, with their charter flying at 12,000 feet, the jet was stuck in violent turbulence that forced the plane to violently jerk from side to side, and pitch downward hundreds of feet.
Luggage was strewn all across the cabin, and many players, coaches, broadcasters and trainers feared for their lives during the 10-minute ordeal.
Broadcaster Bill Clement, who U.S. Airways has deemed one of their top 100 flyers for the past two seasons, said it was the worst flight he was ever on.
The plane’s captain later said several factors contributed to the situation, including the direction of takeoff and a pocket of weather they hit.
Meanwhile, the 76ers, headed for Minnesota, were on the same runway, but missed the weather fun.
“Unlike us, the Sixers have won five in a row, so they were able to go around it,” quick-witted R.J. Umberger deadpanned.
Yeah, we've lost like 7 games in a row and we're still afloat above .500.
Think about it this way...if this massive loss streak happened earlier in the season it may have doomed us. We built up enough leeway with our play earlier so that even with this streak we still have a playoff spot (barely).