UPDATE: Emergency crews meet Notre Dame players' plane from Ireland

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --  The Notre Dame Football charter flight landed in South Bend late Saturday from Dublin, but  rather than fans welcoming the Irish back to Indiana, the plane was met by emergency crews.

“Had a little bit of a scare, but it turned out everything looks to be pretty good,” said Head Coach Brian Kelly on Sunday.

According to the university, Director of Player Development and Engagement Ernest Jones became ill with about 2 hours left on the flight.

The school said Jones stayed Saturday night at Memorial Hospital and underwent further evaluation and treatment of dehydration.

Kelly added on Sunday that Jones had an adverse reaction to sinus medication, and was a bit dehydrated.

Kelly said the hospital was talking about releasing Jones Sunday afternoon.

Initially South Bend Police confirmed that they had a medical call from the plane with reports of a possible heart attack.

Later on the scene Saturday night, a Notre Dame Representative told ABC 57 the medical call was for a male administrator who fainted on the plane and showed signs of a heart attack.

ABC 57's Jessie McDonough was behind an ambulance assumed to be on way to hospital & the lights were not on.

The flight returned to South Bend Regional Airport Saturday at about 11:50 p.m.

Earlier Saturday, the Irish beat Navy in their season opener in Ireland 50-10.

We will have the latest on this story on Sunday's ABC 57 News at 6:30 p.m.


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