Thunder charter plane dented en route to Chicago, lands safely


A plane carrying National Basketball Association team the Oklahoma City Thunder from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently struck a bird early Saturday when it was landing, damaging the plane, Delta Airlines said.

The Thunder played the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday and left around 11:30 fly to Chicago where they play the Bulls on Saturday.

Carmelo Anthony also posted a photo of the plane, but on Instagram. "Everyone is Safe, Though". Flying to chicago. What caused this?

It didn't immediately appear that Nye or Tyson had responded to 7-foot-tall center Adams' question and neither immediately returned calls from the Tribune requesting comment.

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But a Thunder spokesperson told an Oklahoma newspaper that all players, staff and coaches were safe.

A Delta Airlines spokeswoman said crews were evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird.

A team official said the flight was "a little rough, but not extreme or out of the ordinary", according to ESPN.

"Delta flight #DL8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago", the statement read.