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Snow build-up forced Evansville plane back to Waterloo

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A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson. A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson.
A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson. A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson.
A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson. A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson.
A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson. A tweet from Evansville play-by-play broadcaster Lance Wilkerson.
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Snow accumulation building up inside a key part of their plane during Wednesday's storm kept the visiting men's basketball team from flying back to Indiana.

Snow had accumulated in the prop hub, where the blades meet at the center of the engine, according to Matt Chaifetz, Chief Communication Officer for the company that owned the plane.

Pilots noticed some vibration as they took off and made the decision to return, he said, although he noted the problem wouldn't have adversely affected the flight.

"Not at all -- they could have continued," Chaifetz told KWWL's Michael Crowe.

The plane had to sit outside in the snow Wednesday because there wasn't a hangar large enough for the aircraft at Waterloo Regional Airport, Chaifetz said, but said it was still "fairly rare" that snow would build up in the prop hub.

The plane is scheduled to take off at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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After taking on the UNI Panthers in Cedar Falls on Wednesday night, the Evansville Aces men's basketball team will be staying in eastern Iowa longer than planned.

According to tweets by the team's play-by-play broadcaster, Lance Wilkerson, there were problems with the team's plane which forced them to turn back and land in Waterloo late Wednesday night.

He sent out this tweet: "Pilot did a great job getting us back. Never in danger. All precautionary. Back to hotel."

Wilkerson tweeted later saying everyone was "safe and sound" and they would be staying another night in Iowa.

A person that works at Livingston Aviation, a private entity based at the airport, said mechanics are currently working on the plane. Their initial report is that it's a mechanical issue with the plane and was not weather related.

KWWL reached out to Evansville, but hasn't heard back. 

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A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a representative of the Waterloo Airport commented on the status of the plane, when it was actually Livingston Aviation, a separate corporate entity.

Michael Crowe and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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