Oklahoma City Thunder's plane has its nose crushed by apparent bird collision

Oklahoma City Thunder's plane has its nose crushed by apparent bird collision

The nose cone "of a plane is being constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits".

One of the players, Carmelo Anthony posted on Instagram, "What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night?"

The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting ready to take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night in Chicago, where the Oklahoma team is projected to win by nearly eight points.

Thunder forward Josh Huestis also shared a photo of the team's Delta charter plane. Flying to chicago. What caused this?

A plane carrying New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams has been involved in a incident in mid-air.

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Several Thunder fans suggested the damage could have been caused by a bird strike - like this American Airlines aircraft damaged on its way to Dallas, Texas a year ago.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman tells ESPN the plane "likely encountered a bird" - a nice little euphemism that probably isn't giving that bird's family any comfort this morning - while a team official says the flight was just "a little rough", but not too bad.

The Thunder is scheduled to play the Bulls tonight at the United Center.

Thankfully, as Anthony mentioned in his post, everyone is OK, and the team has safely arrived in Chicago. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely at Midway.

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