Posted: May 1, 2014 11:03 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: May 2, 2014 6:58 AM
BATON ROUGE- The LSU baseball team was not expecting a frightening trip to Texas ahead of Friday's game against A & M, but they had a scare on their initial chartered flight to College Station Thursday afternoon.
Not long into the flight, the team was told there was a mechanical problem and the airplane had to turn around.
"The pilot came on and said, 'well, you can tell we've ben flying low, we have a mechanical problem. We have to head back to Baton Rouge.' That's when we got a little nervous," Coach Paul Mainieri said.
Apparently, there was a problem with the flaps on the wing. The parts help to control air speed. Without them, the plane can still land, but it would be landing faster than usual. Without flaps, the plane would need extended space to safely land.
"[The crew] did a good job, never really felt in danger," the coach said. Although, he added the landing was "a little bit hot."
Team members used social media sites to discuss the situation. Some Tweeted pictures of the entire team stuck on the plane after it returned to Baton Rouge. Others posted about their fear of flying and this event not helping.
Instead of arriving in Texas Thursday evening, the team spent the rest of the night practicing at their home field where they also ate and waited around for another aircraft. One was expected by 11 p.m.
"It doesn't really change anything," said Alex Bregman about the layover. "It's the same as always," he said when asked if not being on the A&M field before Friday's game would be an issue.
Christian Ibarra said he was asleep for the ordeal and when he woke up he thought they were in Texas.
"I'm a heavy sleeper, so I was sleeping as soon as I got on the thing. It was pretty funny," he said.
The game is still scheduled for 6:30 Friday night. It could be the Tiger's 5th straight SEC series victory.
Trey Schmaltz, Zach Correa, Brittany Weiss, and Chris Price contributed to this story.