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Angels team OK after emergency landing

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The plane was supposed to land in Santa Ana, California
  • Instead the plane lands in Los Angeles because of a hydraulic problem
  • The Angels were coming home from a game in Kansas City, Missouri

(CNN) -- A flight carrying members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team home from an away game in Missouri made an emergency landing Wednesday after mechanical issues with the plane, a team official said.

The Delta charter plane was supposed to land at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, but instead made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, said Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the baseball team.

A hydraulic problem led to the decision to make an emergency landing, Mead said.

The emergency landing went smoothly and there was constant communication between representatives of Delta and the Angels management, Mead said.

CNN could not immediately reach Delta for comment.

Angel's pitcher Rich Thompson tweeted about incident.

"Glad to be on the ground safe," he posted on his Twitter account. "Pilot did a hell of a job bringing the bird down!"

After landing in Los Angeles the team was to travel to Anaheim Wednesday night. That trip would be taken by bus, Mead said.

The Angels played the Kansas City Royals Wednesday and lost 2-0.

CNN's Erica Henry contributed to this report.