Derrick Favors was aboard the plane with the rest of his Utah Jazz teammates when they had to make an emergency landing mid-flight after colliding with a flock of birds earlier this week. Turns out, this isn't the first time he's experienced a scary airplane incident while being a member of the Jazz.
The 29-year-old power forward recalled another frightening ordeal back in his first stint with the Jazz, where their plane also experienced some troubles mid-flight. He re-tweeted a post from his old teammate Earl Watson, who shared that it was Favors who caught him when their aircraft suddenly dropped while cruising in altitude.
I remember that like it was yesterday! plane dropped, felt like a free- fall, and everyone came out their seats! https://t.co/cLpurGN8RT
— Derrick Favors (@dfavors14) April 2, 2021
Now that's just scary. It's quite the freaky coincidence that Favors has figured in a near-death-experience twice in his two separate stints in Salt Lake. The 6-foot-8 banger played for Utah from 2011-19 before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. He signed a three-year $27 million contract to return to the Jazz in the offseason.
Favors has embraced his role as a back-up big for Jazz head coach Quin Snyder in his second foray with the team. In 45 appearances so far, he is recording modest averages of 5.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.0 block in around 15 minutes per game.
Favors and the rest of the Jazz are still shaking off the effects of that life-changing incident and are simply just grateful to still be alive.
Some, of course, took it harder than most, as Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell missed their re-scheduled flight to Memphis after that ordeal. The Spida has been open about his fear of flying and took some time off after the incident.