- Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
- Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
A private plane carrying world champion boxer Gervonta Davis headed for Las Vegas aborted its takeoff out of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Saturday afternoon sometime before 2 ET.
The plane, which was carrying between four and 10 passengers, experienced nose gear failure as it was heading down the runway, leading the pilots to lose control of the direction of the plane, said Mike Jachles, the public information officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale. The nose gear then collapsed. The Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department showed up to check on people on-site.
Davis posted about the crash on his Instagram account shortly after it happened, saying “I’m good,” before adding that he was sweating and shaking from it.
“For everybody that want to fly private, I think it’s over with,” Davis said while going live on Instagram following the crash. “…I’m driving or catching a train.”
On the same social media video, some of Davis’ fellow passengers said the pilots told them they didn’t have control of the plane. Later Saturday, Davis posted in his stories, “I walk w angels..”
Jachles said there were not believed to be any serious injuries from the crash and that all passengers had been released. As of 7 p.m., one runway at the airport was still closed as the plane had yet to be removed from the site of the crash, although the plane had been defueled.
The Federal Aviation Administration sent a field investigator out to the site, which is typical in any sort of incident. Jachles said there is not expected to be an investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board.
An email sent to the listed managing agent for the aircraft was not immediately returned to ESPN.
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