Plane Carrying OKC Thunder Team Suffers Damage En Route To Chicago
CHICAGO - The Oklahoma City Thunder's charter plane suffered damage overnight as the team traveled en route from Minnesota to Chicago.
The cause of the damage is unknown. However, Delta officials believe the aircraft likely encountered a bird at 30,000 feet, which caused the nose of the plane to cave in. The team landed safely at Chicago's Midway Airport after 1:00 a.m. No injuries were reported.
Delta Airlines Spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf responded to the incident with the following message:
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 is evaluating. Safety is Delta’s top priority.
Some Thunder players, including Josh Huestis and Steven Adams shared photos of the incident shortly after the plane landed.
I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up... pic.twitter.com/Rem9GmwRKq— Josh Huestis (@jhuestis) October 28, 2017