Bird strike damages Oklahoma Thunder jet

CHICAGO - It wasn't a great night for the Thunder. 

Delta Airlines officials say a charter flight carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently encountered a bird when it was landing.

The early Saturday incident on Delta 8935 to Midway International Airport prompted several players, including Carmelo Anthony, Josh Huestis and Steven Adams, to post photos on social media showing the caved-in nose of their plane.

Adams' Twitter post said "we had a rough flight to say the least."



The incident followed a second straight loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 19 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Thunder 119-116 

Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said Saturday morning that maintenance is evaluating the situation. She says the Boeing 757-200 landed without incident.



A spokesperson for the team tells The Oklahoman newspaper that all of their players, staff and coaches were safe.

The team plays the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

© 2017 Associated Press


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