Monday, November 4, 2013

Arizona State coaches endure terrifying airplane scare

2013-11-03 Todd Graham

Arizona State head football coach Todd Graham and his son Bo Graham experienced a terrifying scare while traveling by plane for a recruiting trip to Dallas.

The incident occurred a day after the Sun Devils defeated Washington State and left the Grahams, as well as the only other people on board, the two pilots, feeling very appreciative that they made it through.

The trouble began when the plane reached 35,000 feet, made a loud "Boom!," and sent everyone scrambling for an oxygen mask.

More on the experience from USA TODAY:

Todd Graham: "I woke up and the pilots were putting on their (oxygen) masks. The plane started shaking."

Bo: "There were sirens going off. I saw the pilots put on their masks. It took a couple minutes for ours to come down. Actually, mine didn't fall down, so I had to go up front and get one."

Todd: "Then the plane started diving."

Bo: "I was kind of in denial. When you start off on the planes and they're giving you the whole 'When the mask falls down' speech, you never think it's going to happen. But when it did happen, I was thinking, 'Is this really going down? Right here?' I mean, come on. In the desert of New Mexico? There are a lot better places to take a fall."

It turns out that the plane had lost cabin pressure and dropped to 10,000 feet before stabilizing. The pilots were forced to do an emergency landing in Albuquerque and then wait for another plane to continue their journey to Texas.

"We're very lucky," Todd said.

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