Friday, February 13, 2015

Derek Jeter’s Michigan HOF induction postponed by aircraft troubles: Report

It'll be see ya next year for one hall of fame awaiting Derek Jeter.

The former Yankee captain, who was set to be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, will have to try again in 2016 after mechanical issues grounded his aircraft and kept him from leaving a New Jersey airport.

The Detroit News reported, not one but two private planes ready to fly out of Teterboro Airport both had "serious" mechanical issues and Jeter had to inform Hall of Fame officials he couldn't make it.

Jeter, who was born in Jersey but went to high school in Kalamazoo before his legendary 20-year career with the Yankees, retired after last season.

ESPN reported that Jeter had planned to take a private plane out on Thursday, but the aircraft encountered mechanical problems. Organizers say the former Yankee shortstop will be inducted next year instead.

"According to the Flight Tracker website, a Journey Aviation flight was scheduled to leave Teterboro just before 3 p.m. and arrive at Detroit Metro shortly before 5," wrote the Detroit News' Tony Paul.

"According to the website, that plane never took off. Hall of Fame officials said one of the planes did take off, but had to return to the terminal."

The event still had plenty of big names to honor Thursday night. The induction ceremony also included baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, NHL greats Sergei Fedorov and Mike Modano, swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina, bowler Aleta Sill and former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Doug English.

All happening while Jeets schlepped home to his swimsuit model girlfriend Hanna Davis:

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