UGA basketball coach Mark Fox was a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight that barely avoided crashing into another plane during takeoff Wednesday morning.
Fox was flying from Atlanta to Miami to visit his friend and Miami Heat assistant coach Keith Smart, who recently returned to the team after completing cancer treatment.
“Sounds like there must have been some miscommunication in the tower and another plane entered the runway as we were headed to takeoff,” Fox said in a text to DawgNation. “The pilot hit the brakes and it’s a good thing they worked. It really wasn’t a big deal. The pilot was great in how he handled it all.”
Delta flight 873, which was originally scheduled to take off at 10:10 a.m., ultimately departed shortly after noon. The Heat are set to play against the Charlotte Hornets in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup Wednesday night.
The Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler, another passenger on the flight, wrote that the captain described the incident as an “administrative mistake” made by air traffic controllers.
Fox emphasized that everything was fine and complimented the pilot once again on Twitter later Wednesday afternoon.
Had a ton of calls about today's flight – all is well. The pilot from @Delta was terrific in the clutch. Appreciate the concern. Go Dawgs!
— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) April 27, 2016