According to Sports + Aviation, a tracker of flights for sports teams, the Hoosiers will be delayed in their arrival to Lincoln, Neb. due to the inclement weather taking place in the Midwest. Originally planned for a Friday flight, Indiana will now be departing same-day for their upcoming match up against the Cornhuskers.
Lincoln was hit with approximately one to three inches of snow. The combination of 40 mph winds and “freezing drizzle” has created a weather warning for the area by the National Weather Service that will last until 7:00 a.m. ET on Saturday.
In neighboring Kansas, a plane slid off of the runway early Friday morning due to the icy conditions. Thankfully all 129 passengers on board the plane were not injured. Indiana has decided to take the safer route and remain at home in Bloomington instead of testing the airs.
Since the game is scheduled for the evening at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Hoosiers will have a few hours to warm up after landing in Lincoln. According to the same Twitter account, Indiana is expected to touchdown at approximately 11:00 a.m. ET on their chartered flight.
The most recent Big Ten plane ordeal took place just three years ago. In 2017, the Michigan basketball team’s plane slid off of their run way on the way to the Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C. Michigan managed to travel the next day to take on Illinois, leaving just a couple of hours between the plane landing and their game. The Wolverines were forced to wear their practice jerseys in their opening game against Illinois due to the jerseys being stuck on the plane. Michigan would go on to win the entire tournament despite the rocky and scary opening.
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