Though the game had long ended and the Browns had fallen victim to a 31-point second quarter from the Cincinnati Bengals, the toughest portion of the evening was apparently returning to Cleveland amidst a huge, wind-filled rainstorm. From Mary Kay Cabot over at The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a rough landing led to offensive lineman Jason Pinkston coming close to kissing the ground.
“It was terrifying,” Pinkston told Cabot. “It was the real thing. The weather was so bad. We were coming in to land and [the pilot] had to go kind of fast to balance it out and we came down and we hit on two wheels. The [left] wing was literally three feet from hitting the ground. […] We’re actually pretty lucky to be alive right now, to be honest. We really escaped one. We got away with one last night.”
Severe winds a rain led to Cleveland Hopkins Airport issuing a stoppage at 6:25 p.m.; the Browns were already en route, landing in Cleveland at roughly 6:30 p.m. One player, linebacker Brandon Magee, was too intimidated by the weather in Cincinnati and opted to ride the bus back with the equipment staff. Just a 45-minute flight, the Browns were adamant that they would not have taken the trip had they or United Airlines felt that the team would be put in jeopardy.
“There were a bunch of screams,” said Pinkston. “You could hear everyone screaming on the plane. It was pretty real. I screamed, because I was sitting right over (left) wing. My window was open and I saw the whole thing.”
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(H/T Thunder Treats)