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Plane Carrying Pistons Makes Emergency Landing

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Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 13, 2012 in Charlotte. (Getty Images)

Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 13, 2012 in Charlotte. (Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) — A charter flight bringing the Detroit Pistons to Houston for a game against the Rockets had to make an emergency landing at Hobby Airport on Monday afternoon.

Team spokesman Kevin Grigg says everyone on the plane was OK.

A Houston Airport System spokesman says the crew of MD-80 displaying the Pistons team logo reported problems with the hydraulics operating the aircraft’s left-side landing gear and declared an emergency.

Airport spokesman Joshua Agunag says the aircraft with 44 passengers aboard landed without incident at 5:45 p.m. Monday and was able to taxi to a private air terminal, where passengers were let off.

The Pistons were arriving to play the Rockets Tuesday night after losing to the Golden State Warriors, 99-91, in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Sunday.

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