TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were forced to board a new plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, after their original flight was delayed more than six hours due to mechanical issues, a team source told ESPN.

According to the original flight plan, the team was supposed to take off from Tampa at 2:25 p.m. ET Saturday and land in Charlotte at 3:55 p.m. ET.

The team had been on board for the extent of the six-hour delay before switching planes, the source said.

The Bucs are scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

NFL Network first reported that the team’s flight was delayed.


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