Plane carrying Oklahoma City Thunder likely damaged by bird, Delta Air Lines says
CHICAGO -- Delta Air Lines says a charter flight carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently encountered a bird early Saturday when it was landing, causing damage that prompted some players to post photos on social media showing the caved-in nose of the plane.
Carmelo Anthony, Josh Huestis, Steven Adams and Patrick Patterson all posted images of the plane shortly after it landed around 12:45 a.m.
Anthony wrote on Instagram, "What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is Safe, Though."
Adams tweeted: "We had a rough flight to say the least."
Huestis wrote on Twitter: "I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up."
"When you accidentally hit Superman while flying," Patterson wrote on Snapchat.
Delta Air Lines spokesperson Elizabeth Wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
A spokesperson for the team told The Oklahoman newspaper that all of its players, staff and coaches were safe. The Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night.
Oklahoma City plays the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
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