Thunder Charter Plane Lands Safely Despite Massive Dent in Nose


Along the way, their airplane was damaged in mid-air, with the nose of the plane being completely caved in.

Delta Airlines, responsible for operating the Thunder's chartered flight Friday night, has released a statement saying that the plane likely hit a bird during descent.

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 spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Thunder told The Oklahoman newspaper that all of its players, staff and coaches were safe.

Carmelo Anthony was similarly concerned, posting the same image of the plane's badly dented nose.

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The Thunder made it safely to Chicago early Saturday morning after a 119-116 loss to the Timberwolves, but not without some flight issues. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at Chicago's Midway International Airport.

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

Thunder player Steven Adams tweeted to NASA and scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye: "30,000 feet in the air ... Safety is Delta's top priority".

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