Wichita State Shockers

WSU basketball team returns to Wichita after plane malfunction

The plane carrying Wichita State’s men’s basketball team to Des Moines for Wednesday night’s game against Drake had to return to Wichita after its landing gear malfunctioned after takeoff.

Forty-five people reportedly were aboard the Embraer regional jet when it was forced to return to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport about 20 minutes after departing, according to airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise and a Sedgwick County dispatcher.

“It turned around and landed safely,” Wise said. The plane touched down at 6:41 p.m. No one was hurt.

School spokesman Bryan Holmgren said that the issue had to do with a sensor in the landing gear. The team returned to Mid-Continent Airport and mechanics were working on the plane Tuesday evening.

The team stayed in Wichita on Tuesday night, and planned to fly to Des Moines on Wednesday morning using a different plane, Holmgren said.

The Shockers (10-2) typically fly on chartered jets to their away games. The plane was never in any danger, Holmgren said, and the delay was not expected to affect the game against the Bulldogs. It will be the Missouri Valley opener for both teams.