Thunder charter plane dented en route to Chicago, lands safely

Steven Adams on court for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Adams tweeted the post to NASA and scientists Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nobody on the plane was injured, however, the plane was left with a huge dent in the nose.

The plane touched down safely and on schedule around 1 a.m. local time, albeit not totally intact, following the Thunder's 116-119 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night in Minneapolis.

If you do an internet search for this type of crash, you'll find they're not uncommon because the nose of the plane is constructed from softer materials than the rest of the plane. Flying to chicago. What caused this?

What did this to Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams' plane?




Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird.

The sportsman posted a dramatic picture to Twitter of a badly damaged plane.

Oklahoma City plays the Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center.

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

Delta Airlines later said the charter plane which had flown the team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently collided with a bird early Saturday as it was landing. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at Chicago's Midway International Airport.

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