The Cubs’ team charter departed Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia shortly after 4 a.m. ET on Friday, bound for Los Angeles, but was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., because of a non-life-threatening medical situation involving a family member onboard.
Once the plane touched down in Albuquerque, the pilot had to be replaced because of duty-hour restrictions, one source told MLB.com. The plane remained on the ground in Albuquerque for five hours, before departing just before 10:30 a.m. MT.
The Cubs are expected to arrive in Los Angeles shortly after 11 a.m. PT, representing a 10-hour takeoff-to-touchdown journey from the Dulles departure.
Thursday night wasn’t exactly relaxing for the Cubs, either: Their Game 5 victory over the Nationals in the National League Division Series lasted 4 hours, 37 minutes, and did not conclude until 12:45 a.m. ET Friday.
Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.