OKC Thunder plane damaged in mid-air; Delta says bird likely responsible

Lawrence Cooper
October 29, 2017

Steven Adams tweeted about the ordeal and asked NASA what they thought could have caused the nose of the plane to become damaged.

Several players demanded an explanation for the damage.

The cause of the damage is now unknown, but the Thunder's flight landed at Chicago Midway International Airport at approximately 12:46 a.m. CT.

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.

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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. All the players, coaches, and staff aboard the plane landed safely. The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed without incident and customers deplaned normally.

Carmelo Anthony also posted a photo of the plane, but on Instagram. "Safety is Delta's top priority".

Oklahoma City Thunder's Friday night loss to the Timberwolves may have left fans wondering what happened in those final seconds. At the time, the plane was flying at an altitude of 30 thousand feet.

"The critical bird hits in aviation [are] the ones that occur on the engine area", Genc said.

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