CHICAGO — A plane carrying the Chicago Cubs to Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Friday.
The plane landed in Albuquerque around 6:30 a.m. Central and sat at the airport while the team waited for a new pilot after their previous one ran out of allotted flying hours. They were grounded for about five hours before they resumed their flight to L.A., where they safely arrived.
According to MLB’s Jon Morosi, the plane was diverted after a family member fell ill. Details about who it was or the extent of the illness are still unclear.
The Cubs were heading to L.A. to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. They beat the Washington Nationals in a nail-biting NLDS Game 5 Thursday night. NLCS Game 1 is Saturday night.