Bizarre! Did they hit superman? An alien? NBA team stunned after their plane was damaged mid-air
Members of the American basketball team, Oklahoma City Thunder were left dumbfounded when they saw the damage done to their plane after disembarking.
The team had just finished playing a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night and immediately headed to Chicago. But the plane encountered turbulence about halfway through the flight. Some of the members of the team described the moment, saying they felt the plane drop for a second like a “roller-coaster”. And when they disembarked the Delta flight 8935 at 12:35 a.m. Saturday (local time) in Chicago, they were shocked to see the huge dent on the nose of their plane.
Fortunately, no one was hurt and all the players are filled with gratitude but they were also shocked and took to their various social media accounts to share photos and vidoes of the plane.
“You never take anything for granted, just be thankful and blessed they we were able to land the plane and everything was OK,” Thunder star Russell Westbrook said.
“Seeing stuff like that just shows you how you need to cherish life and understand the important things in life and embrace every moment.”
Sharing a picture of the damage on Instagram, player Carmelo Anthony asked: “What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night?”
Player Steven Adams was equally shocked, tweeting: “We had a rough flight to say the least. 30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?”
In a statement, Delta Airlines said the plane likely came in contact with a bird while landing and that’s the reason for the dent.
“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 statement said.
“The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident … Safety is Delta’s top priority.”
“Must’ve been a pretty big bird — a Pterodactyl maybe,” Thunder forward Nick Collison said.