Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Quarterback Tom Brady's first trip to Charlotte, N.C., as a member of the Buccaneers to face the Panthers got off to a rough start, as Tampa Bay's  plane was delayed on Saturday for more than six hours due to mechanical issues.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Bucs’ flight to Charlotte delayed more than 6 hours

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were forced to board a different plane after their scheduled flight to Charlotte, N.C., remained on the tarmac for more than six hours on Saturday due to mechanical issues, according to numerous reports.

The flight was scheduled to depart Tampa International Airport at 2:25 p.m. ET and land in Charlotte at 3:55 p.m. ET, according to ESPN.

The delay forced the team to hold team meetings and eat a meal inside the airport. The Buccaneers followed social distancing protocols by congregating in areas with restricted access to the general public or outdoors.

Tampa Bay departed for Charlotte just before 9:30 p.m. ET, according to NFL Network, which was first to report the team’s travel issues.

Tampa Bay (6-3) plays the Carolina Panthers (3-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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