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Frightening flight will not stop Stoke going airborne again

Tony Pulis insists Stoke have no plans to stay grounded after their mid-air scare, reports The Sun. The Potters' midweek flight back from Portsmouth was forced down at Gatwick because of an oil leak.

Players eventually arrived home at 6am after a coach journey from Sussex to meet up with the team bus at East Midlands Airport.

But boss Pulis, who was not on the plane, wants flying to remain a travel option.

He said: "These things happen but you can get as many problems going by road, so we are not going to let it affect how we plan things in the future.

"One or two players were a bit shocked at the time but generally they're a resilient bunch and everyone seems fine now."

Air Southwest have since confirmed an oil leak. A spokesman said: "At no point were the passengers or crew at any risk and our captain made the right decision in choosing to make a precautionary landing."

Stoke, who had just lost their Carling Cup tie 4-0 to Pompey, only occasionally use privately chartered planes.



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