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

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team were caught up in a freakish mid-air incident when their charter plane was struck by an as yet unidentified object on its way to Chicago, damaging the nose cone.

The team was flying from Minneapolis after playing the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday (AEDT) to Chicago, where they play the Bulls on Sunday. "30,000 feet up...", Josh Huestis tweeted at 1:09 a.m. central with a photo of the dented nose".

The damage is usually caused by lightning or hailstones but Delta Airlines have revealed that it was a bird that managed to wreck the plane.

Thankfully no one was injured, and the Thunder players can breathe easy and give a little thanks, as Carmelo Anthony did in his Instagram post.

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. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely at Midway.

A Thunder spokesperson said early Saturday that all players, staff and coaches were safe and en route to their hotel.

Several starts posted photos of the plane after landing, and asked what caused the incident. "Thank God the OKC Thunder team plane landed safely after hitting something in the sky".

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