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Gruden's plane hit by lightning

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:10 pm
 
Gruden Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On his way to participate in a coaching clinic in Champaign, Ill., the plane carrying former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden was hit by lightning last week and had to make an emergency landing in Orlando.

The bolt hit the plane about 20 minutes after taking off from Tampa, and the woman sitting next to Gruden said, “Did you hear something?”

"I told her I definitely heard a weird noise,” Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. “You could sense something was up. Then the flight attendant came on the speaker and said we got hit by lightning."

As the plane landed in Orlando, fire trucks surrounded the runway. From the tarmac, Gruden called Illinois coach Ron Zook and told him he wouldn’t make it to the clinic. Then, Gruden drove home to Tampa in a rental car.

Gruden promised Zook he’d be at the clinic next year. This, of course, assumes more lightning storms don’t wreak havoc with his mode of transportation.

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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:47 am
 

Gruden's plane hit by lightning

"Did you hear something?" she asked. "Kinda...How bout the rediculously bright flash of light that nearly blinded me." replied Jon.


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