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Trojans endure storm-tossed landing for Notre Dame game

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Southern California safety Taylor Mays was screaming, while fullback Stanley Havili says he thought he was going to die. That's after the plane carrying USC's football team to South Bend plummeted during a severe thunderstorm Thursday night.

About 125 people were on the chartered flight including 82 players.

USC sports information director Tim Tessalone told The Associated Press that some passengers were thrown from their seats by turbulence as lightning crackled around the storm-tossed plane.

Quarterback John David Booty says it wasn't the worst flight he's ever been on, "but it was definitely the biggest drop."

The pilot was forced to abort the approach and circled around the storm before landing without incident about 20 minutes later. Tessalone says everybody is fine, "but it was a frightening little dip there."

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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