The Seahawks have landed.
The Super Bowl champions’ Delta plane arrived around 6 p.m. Monday to a crowd of at least 60 family members, friends and airport employees waiting on the airport ramp.
First off the plane was Coach Pete Carroll, who arrived to cheers from a crowd that had been waiting for more than an hour.
The team has been scheduled to arrive at Sea-Tacoma International Airport earlier in the day, but the plane made a detour in Minneapolis for a crew change and de-icing.
Before getting on one of four buses that took the team to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), Carroll said hello and shook hands with those in the crowd.
The team was largely subdued, with passengers acknowledging the crowd with waves and “No. 1.” Richard Sherman received one of the loudest receptions as he hobbled down the steps and walked toward the bus while using crutches.
Once all passengers were off the plane, flight crews waved to the crowd and brandished a “12″ flag before preparing to leave for their next destination in Atlanta.
“I hope they didn’t trash the plane too much,” one airport worker said. “But maybe they left the trophy in one of the seats.”
Later, despite the urging of Renton Police that fans stay away, dozens were gathered near the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard North and Seahawks Way to greet the team.
Fans in Seahawks gear chanted and cheered as the buses approached VMAC, then cheered some more as players left in cars.
Diana Fishel brought three nieces to the Renton fan gathering. After the Super Bowl, they drove from Washougal, Clark County, to Renton and stayed overnight in a hotel.
“We wanted to welcome the Seahawks back home,” said Kattie Hubbard, Fishel’s 19-year-old niece.
Krysten Moore, 25, who lives in Renton was also there to greet the players. He said he often welcomes the team home.
“Every single away game, whenever they come back, I’m always out here, always cheering them on,” Moore said.
Moore said he thought the Super Bowl victory was “amazing.”
“Oh, it was amazing, I still can’t stop talking about it,” he said.
The big fan celebrations will be Wednesday with a midday parade through downtown Seattle. It starts at 11 a.m. on Fourth Avenue just south of Denny Way and will wind up at about 1:30 at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Times staff reporter Safiya Merchant contributed to this report.