A Delta 757-200, operating as an NBA charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder was enroute from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway, when it hit a bird strike, causing damage to the nose of the aircraft. All passengers onboard landed safely in Chicago for their game tonight against the Chicago Bulls.
The Thunder made it safely to Chicago early Saturday morning after a 119-116 loss to the Timberwolves, but not without some flight issues. Multiple Thunder players took photos of the team’s Delta charter plane upon landing in Chicago, showing the nose of the aircraft caved in.
The cause of the damage is currently unknown, but the Thunder’s flight landed at Chicago Midway International Airport at approximately 12:46 a.m. CT. A Thunder spokesperson said early Saturday that all players, staff and coaches were safe and en route to their hotel.
Delta issued the following statement:
Delta flight 8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago. The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating. Safety is Delta’s top priority.
Carmelo Anthony posted on Instagram: