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None injured following Michigan team plane accident, says school

An airplane carrying the Michigan men's basketball team was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon, but no one was injured, the school said in a statement.

The team's plane, which was headed to the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C., was attempting to take off in high winds at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 15 miles from campus, the school said.

The takeoff was aborted, and after braking strongly, the plane slid off the runway.

The plane sustained extensive damage, according to the statement, but all 109 passengers and seven crew members evacuated safely.

"President [Mark] Schlissel and I are glad to know that the students, coaches and staff are all safe and that nobody was seriously injured," Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a follow-up statement Wednesday night. "The safety and health of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.

"We appreciate all the support and well wishes from our Michigan family as well as those who have reached out with their thoughts and support. Go Blue!"

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, according to Wayne County Airport Authority spokesman Brian Lassaline.

In a text message to ESPN's Andy Katz, Michigan coach John Beilein said, "All OK! A few guys a little banged up and shook up. Blessed we did not get up in the air."

According to the school's statement, the Wolverines will meet Thursday at 6 a.m. local time before boarding a 7:30 a.m. flight out of Detroit Metro Airport to Washington. Michigan's second-round game against Illinois at the Verizon Center will tip off as scheduled at noon ET Thursday. The Wolverines are expected to land at 8:45 a.m. and travel directly to the arena.

There had been a high-wind warning in southeast Michigan for most of Wednesday afternoon. Ann Arbor had sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph and gusts that topped 50 mph. DTE Energy said Wednesday afternoon that nearly 500,000 of its customers in southeastern Michigan were without power.

Tyler Davis, a team manager, tweeted a brief video after the plane went through a fence and stopped on an access road and a low embankment.

Team spokesman Tom Wywrot praised the orderly way in which the passengers got off the plane.

"Without hesitation, the staff on that plane and the people -- our staff, our players -- on the plane knew what to do, got off the plane fast and ran," Wywrot said. "I'm very thankful and very happy for that. People were helping each other, and nobody blinked. The emergency doors were taken off, and we all got out. People had to get on the wings."

Beilein stood on the ground, near smoking plane engines, to assist people coming off an emergency exit slide.

Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson tweeted that "Coach B's leadership was great."

Former Wolverines player Austin Hatch, who has survived two plane crashes and is still involved with the Michigan basketball program, told ESPN's Dana O'Neil in a text message that he was not on board the aircraft bound for Washington.

Hatch took a medical scholarship in 2015 to serve as a student assistant coach, allowing him to work with the team and retain his full scholarship.

ESPN's Dan Murphy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.