UPDATE: Tony Gonzalez survived emergency at Hartsfield-Jackson

090424 Atlanta - Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife October Gonzalez as he is introduced at the Arthur M. Blank Office in Atlanta, Friday, April 24, 2009. October will have her say on when Gonzalez decides to retire. CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

090424 Atlanta - Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife October Gonzalez as he is introduced at the Arthur M. Blank Office in Atlanta, Friday, April 24, 2009. October will have her say on when Gonzalez decides to retire. CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

UPDATE

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez had a shaky flight back to California.

“Great job to the four pilots that landed the plane. You guys kept everyone calm,” Gonzalez wrote on his Twitter.com page at 2:51 am.

Earlier at 1:15 a.m. he tweeted, “Long day but SO glad to be home!! We took off and the right engine went out. Had to make an emergency landing. Its a good day to be alive!!”

The Falcons confirmed that Gonzalez was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Delta Flight 125.

You can follow the Gonzalez at: @TonyGonzalez88 on Twitter.com.

49 comments Add your comment

RomeDawg

May 28th, 2010
7:38 am

That has to be scary! Probably puts life and football in perspective, quick. Glad everyone was safe.

James

May 28th, 2010
7:40 am

FalconsFan284

May 28th, 2010
7:52 am

Gonzo showed the same poise, last night, as he does on the field. This dude is the freakin MAN!!!!

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Birdman

May 28th, 2010
7:59 am

That has got to be the hottest NFL wife there is.

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Blue Fender

May 28th, 2010
8:09 am

Birdman–AGREE!

rekingball

May 28th, 2010
8:21 am

rekingball

May 28th, 2010
8:26 am

@ 7:59….Concur. Like a Nova.

jay

May 28th, 2010
9:05 am

Yeah I agree with you birdman. Glad to hear everything was alright and they got off the plane safely

Paddy

May 28th, 2010
9:07 am

That must have been one big plane to have four pilots! Glad all are safe.

[...] [Falcons] Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez Survives Emergency Landing Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez had a shaky flight back to California. "Great job to the four pilots that landed the plane. You guys kept everyone calm," Gonzalez wrote on his Twitter.com page at 2:51 am. Earlier at 1:15 a.m. he tweeted, "Long day but SO glad to be home!! We took off and the right engine went out. Had to make an emergency landing. Its a good day to be alive!!" Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

SirReal

May 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Gonzales is a man’s man. The guy’s in phenomenal shape, he’s actually a good guy, and seems very humble. Thats probably why he’s been blessed to stay in the league for this long and perform at a high level. Glad he’s ok. I would have been sad.

SirReal

May 28th, 2010
10:14 am

and not just for him. ALL the passengers. No one likes tragedy…

Hot Tuna

May 28th, 2010
10:15 am

Is October okay? Whew..That was close…

Sid

May 28th, 2010
10:39 am

Hey Tony Man……………………..ever heard of “The Loving Hut”……………….all vegan, all the time!!

RobbE33

May 28th, 2010
11:01 am

Maybe this year’s the charm for Gonzo. I sure hope so!

IFlyLow

May 28th, 2010
11:04 am

I hope everyone realizes, while the act of a jet engine blowing out can be violent and nothing less of scary to anyone sitting on the A/C, that these planes are built to take off, fly, and land with only one of their engines. This is hardly the big deal that the AJC and local media are making it.

truth

May 28th, 2010
11:36 am

…………….with sour cream.

rbgbulldog

May 28th, 2010
11:37 am

I was on that flight as it originated from Brussels and landed in Atlanta before going to LA. I was on the flight from Brussels to ATL and was glad I did not have engine troubles when we were flying over the artic ocean.

Rick in Grayson

May 28th, 2010
11:37 am

Can the AJC publish a photo gallery of Tony’s wife? I can understand why Tony might be considering retirement.

Sebastian

May 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

I flew around on one wing during Hurricane Andrew.

FalconsFan284

May 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

Dude is so composed he decides to Tweet. I would have been asking for a change of pants.

LCDawg

May 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

This actually happens more than the airlines will ever admit. I’ve been on 3 planes in my lifetime where the engine either caught on fire or was shut down by the pilots in mid air and we had t have an emergency landing. I was even on one flight wher the front windshield cracked and almost blew out the front. The pilots faces were white as hell when we landed–that was a scary one!

An adult

May 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

Tony’s wife is lovely, but I’m jealous. I just love Tony … yummy. Glad everyone is OK.

Bestoink Dooley

May 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

They sure look like nice folks.

Yawn

May 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Good grief.

An indicator light is not an emergency.

It’s so annoying when people dramatize these issues as if they supposedly had a brush with death. The light came on, the pilot turned around. It happens EVERY FRIGGIN’ DAY in this country….but just put a celebrity on the plane and it suddenly becomes a near-death experience. I would even be ashamed to mention it, but he’ll probably go cry on Oprah and write a book about it.

Four pilots to land the plane…give me a break.

He needs to take a ride in a plane over Afghanistan or Baghdad like some real heros, and then he might have something to twitter about.

Nookah

May 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

Glad to hear TG is safe, because his work here is not done. Give God the glory!!.

TG’s wife is far too cute to be named after one month!!!

Go Falcons!!!

jim d from usc

May 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

I was on that plane. Tony and his gorgeous family were chill, sharing some food while waiting for the new aircraft. We were early in take-off process when the engine went out – not a good time. I’ve seen haters on other sites say that TG was being a baby b/c it was fine to glide back. Um, no way. We were burning off fuel for a long time just to be safe for the landing. I hope the Falcons do well, even if I’m one of those long-suffering 49ers fan whose glory Super Bowl days are too far in the past.

Stuck in SC

May 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

Hey Jim d from USC……At least you had some glory days. Us Falcon fans only glory days were winning the NFC Championship game in 1998 against the Vikings and then we had to endure getting Blasted by John Elway and the Bronco’s in Superbowl XXXIII, and lets not forget about the infamous Eugene Robinson looking for some poontang the night before the Superbowl for what was a MAJOR distraction for the team. That was not the reason we lost of course, Broncos were a much better team, but that didn’t help. Still to this day can’t believe he did that.

UNCWolverine

May 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Not that anyone is going to believe me, but I was on that same flight and saw the flame/fire coming from the right engine under the wing. Tony and his wife and two little ones were sitting in first class so he probably didn’t know the engine was shooting fire. Everyone on board was gripping pretty hard for about 30 minutes. Glad to be alive!

Sly Ty

May 28th, 2010
7:08 pm

I am glad that ALL of the passengers are safe, thank God for that. If at all possible can someone post some pictures of Mrs.Gonzalez, so we can know for sure that she and her family are safe and well. October Gonzalez…pictures anyone….please. Seriously I am glad no one was hurt. Recent pictures would just be comforting. Thanks.

FalconFanSince82DOB

May 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

GONZO GLAD YOU’RE SAFE!!!! SIGN PATRICK CRAYTON PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thunderbull56

May 28th, 2010
9:01 pm

PETA’s sighing in relief.

willieg hates bill shanks

May 29th, 2010
4:03 am

some of you bozo;s on here need to flush yr head down a tolilet really tony’s wife, please the article is about a plane problem not a woman problem stick with the article and by the way THE FALCONS ARE NOT WINNING THE SUPER BOWL BECAUSE THE PLANE DIDNT CRASH THIS IS NOT AN OMEN FOR THSI YEAR ,BECAUSE THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WILL HOIST THE BEAUTIFUL TROPHY IN FEBRUARY 2011 SO CHEW ON THAT ONE LOSERS.

truth

May 29th, 2010
9:36 am

willieg……if you would take the time to stop chewing on Brady’s jock strap maybe you could think straight and write up something that makes a little, just a little, sense.

FREAK’N MORON!!!!

realbirdofprey

May 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

“survived” lol it wasn’t that serious. lets tone down on the sensationalism DOL lol.

rekingball

May 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

@4:03am…… The Patriots might win the Superbowl in 2011, if the referees have anything to do with it. They do favor the Pats.

hiramsaint

May 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

the refs, the refs, the refs,— quit your stinkin’ whining

Chop Buster

May 29th, 2010
10:54 pm

Is this really blog worthy? Come on man!

Chop Buster

May 29th, 2010
10:55 pm

Put some real Falcon news up from OTA or something. This article has run its course.

NOLA

May 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

Blank is such a cheap SOB. He almost got his star receiver killed by not allowing him to use his private jet.

You ‘Cons need all your weapons this year, we don’t want to hear any excuses when you get whipped by the Superbowl Champs.

hiramsaint

May 30th, 2010
1:26 pm

nola— believe me when i say we’ll here excuses. thats all we ever here. the only thing we don’t here is ” man those saints just kicked our a$$es again”

Jay

May 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

how did you whip us? we almost beat you without our starting quaterback, and starting running back?

Jay

May 30th, 2010
2:02 pm

Who lost to tampa bay again?…oh thats right.

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hiramsaint

May 31st, 2010
3:42 pm

who won the lombardi?…oh thats right.

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