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Detroit Red Wings plane gets stuck in mud, team grounded in St. Louis

CAHOKIA, Ill. - The Detroit Red Wings didn't get out of St. Louis with a victory over the Blues. In fact, they didn't get out of town at all.

After falling 4-3 to the Blues on Tuesday night, the Red Wings escaped injury when their team jet's right wheels got stuck in the grass and mud at St. Louis Downtown Airport in the suburb of Cahokia, Ill.

Airport director Bob McDaniel says the DC-9, the Red Bird II, was leaving the parking ramp and still was on the taxiway when the wheels inadvertently slipped off the pavement during a turn.

McDaniel says there were no injuries, noting the plane wasn't moving much faster than someone could walk.

Crews on Wednesday still were trying to free the plane, "figuring out the quickest, easiest and safest way to get it onto the pavement," McDaniel said.

The team safely evacuated the plane and spent the night at the team hotel in St. Louis.

On Wednesday, the Red Wings were making the most of their extended stay in St. Louis, spending their already scheduled off day working out at the Blues' practice facility, team spokesman John Hahn said.

Another charter jet was to return the Red Wings to Detroit later Wednesday, Hahn said.

The Red Wings next play the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Detroit.


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