Browns' Guard Jason Pinkston Says Team is Lucky to be Alive After Scary Plane Trip Home
As scary as the Cleveland Browns' performance on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals was on Sunday, it sounds like the team's plane ride back to Cleveland was even scarier. Browns guard Jason Pinkston said that the team is "lucky to be alive".
Following their 41-20 loss to the Bengals and facing heavy rain and 50mph winds, the Browns made plans to take a bus home. However, they instead boarded a plane when it was deemed safe to make the 45-minute flight home.
Speaking of the flight, Pinkston said:
“It was terrifying. 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.”
Pinkston added that he was not the only one who was scared by the bumpy flight, noting:
“There were a bunch of screams. 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.”
Linebacker Paul Kruger kidded:
“Billy [Winn] was shaking like a little girl."
Winn, a defensive lineman, added:
“Holy cow — I swear the wing was a couple feet from the ground. At the last second it was dead quiet right before the landing. We’re going to land and it got real quiet and I heard this big gust of wind and it went like that [a tilting motion with his hand] and came back and we recovered. We had a great pilot. A fantastic pilot. Bless his heart for getting here safely.”