Flight scare for Westwood

2011-04-05 10:12
Lee Westwood (File)

Augusta - Lee Westwood can joke about it now, but the world golf number two had a bit of a scare when their private jet from Houston to the Masters made an emergency landing after a fire in the cockpit.

The Englishman, a runner-up at last year's Masters to Phil Mickelson, had played the PGA event and was flying to Augusta on Sunday with compatriot Ross Fisher when the airplane was forced to turn back and land.

"Do the fire engines normally follow you down the runway? Only when there's smoke in the cabin I guess!!!" Westwood posted on his Twitter microblogging website on Sunday. "Thanks to the Houston airport firemen for the warm welcome!

"They're not here to put my putter out! That's not on fire!"

Westwood reached Augusta National on Monday and told reporters of his harrowing journey, which he said was caused by a wiring fire in an instrument panel.

"It was a bit scary," Westwood said. "It never looks good when you can smell smoke and you turn round and see the pilots have put the masks on.

"Smoke was coming from the cockpit and they told us later they couldn't drop our masks because they feed oxygen into the cabin. If there was a fire it would have fanned the flames.

"The plane came down in a bit of a nosedive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can."

Read more on:    masters

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the FIVE South Africans competing at this year's Masters has the best chance of winning?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.