LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Chicago Cubs charter plane — on its way to Los Angeles ahead of Saturday’s NLCS Game 1 showdown with the L.A. Dodgers — was diverted to New Mexico for several hours early Friday morning due to a medical issue for a player’s family member.
A Cubs spokesperson told CBS Chicago that the flight bound for Los Angeles International Airport instead landed at Albuquerque International Sunport at 4:30 a.m. Pacific time Friday for what was termed a “non-player health issue.”READ MORE: Three People Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash In Orange
The patient exited the plane to receive treatment, but the rest of the team remained aboard, CBS Chicago reports. The plane was then forced to wait for a new pilot because its current pilot had reached the maximum amount of consecutive flight hours.READ MORE: Toronto tops Ducks, 5-1; Campbell Saves 39 Of 40 Shots On Goal
According to FlightAware, the plane took off from Albuquerque at 9:28 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at LAX at around 11 a.m.
The patient’s medical situation was not life-threatening, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports.MORE NEWS: Silver Alert Issued For Local Artist, 87-Year-Old Billy Al Bengston, Last Seen Early Sunday Morning
Game 1 of the NLCS is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Dodger Stadium.