Thunder's charter plane damaged flying to Chicago, lands safely

A charter flight carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder from Minneapolis was dented after it apparently hit a bird while landing early Saturday at Midway International Airport.

Huestis wrote on Twitter, "I guess we hit something?"

"We had a rough flight to say the least", New Zealand star Steven Adams said in a Tweet addressed to NASA, prominent astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and scientist Bill Nye.

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.

The team were quite "surprised" after disembarking to find the actual done to the plane.

Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said in a statement that the plane, "sustained damage to its nose cone while on descent into Chicago". That's what Oklahoma City Thunder players went through as they exited the plane after flying to Chicago. The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed without incident and customers deplaned normally.

Carmelo Anthony shared the damage to the plane on his Instagram account, asking what could have caused the damage at that particular hour in the evening. "Thank God the OKC Thunder team plane landed safely after hitting something in the sky".

  • Steve Townsend