Oklahoma City Thunder's plane dented during flight to Chicago

Arnold Nichols
October 29, 2017

"We had a rough flight to say the least", tweeted Steven Adams as he addressed NASA, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

The nose cone "of a plane is being constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits". The Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night.

Wolf, in an email, said no one was hurt and the plane landed without incident. Oklahoma City plays the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. At the time, the plane was flying at an altitude of 30 thousand feet.

Thunder forward Josh Huestis also shared a photo of the team's Delta charter plane.

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.

Several Thunder fans suggested the damage could have been caused by a bird strike - like this American Airlines aircraft damaged on its way to Dallas, Texas a year ago.

"The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating".

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

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

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