Arizona State’s head coach Todd Graham was on a recruiting trip with his son, Sun Devils running back coach Bo Graham, in a small plane over the weekend. The plane encountered problems and the plane dropped around 25,000 feet before it leveled off at about 10,000 feet and was able to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to Graham, he and his son awoke to find the plane shaking with the pilots putting on oxygen masks working frantically to control the plane.
Graham was visibly shaken by the experience and not surprisingly said “It was really kind of surreal. It was very, very scary.”
Apparently, Graham was put in the awkward position of not knowing what was going on and not having control of the situation, something Graham is not normally accustomed. He went on to describe it. “There weren’t saying anything. I got up out of my chair about halfway through and grabbed the guy by the shoulder, asked him if the engines were still on. He looked at me kind of startled, like why was I out of my chair, but I kind of have a problem with control. He looked at me and said, ‘Yes, the engines are still on, go back and sit down.’ ”
Most importantly, everyone on board is fine and safely on the ground, but this obviously could have had disastrous results and Graham’s biggest fear was the fact his son was right there along with him. Safely on the ground, Graham and the Sun Devils have to prepare to go on the road to play Utah this week as they compete for a spot in the PAC-12 title game with a 4-1 conference record.