Oklahoma City team plane damaged in flight from MSP

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Delta Airlines, responsible for operating the Thunder's chartered flight Friday night, has released a statement saying that the plane likely hit a bird during descent.

Players who flew on the team charter from Minneapolis to Chicago landed around 1 p.m., ESPN reported.They saw the dent as they exited the aircraft. Along the way, their airplane was damaged in mid-air, with the nose of the plane being completely caved in.

Numerous players posted about the incident on social media and had been curious as to what caused the damage.

Hey @NASA @neiltyson @BillNye We had a rough flight to say the least.

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Delta Airlines later said the charter plane which had flown the team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently collided with a bird early Saturday as it was landing.

A Thunder spokesperson told The Oklahoman that all players, staff and coaches were safe.

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. The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams evaluating. "Safety is Delta's top priority".

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