The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team were caught up in a freakish mid-air incident when their charter plane was struck by an as yet unidentified object on its way to Chicago, damaging the nose cone.
Nobody on the plane was injured, however, the plane was left with a huge dent in the nose.
When his side the Oklahoma City Thunder disembarked their flight on Saturday (NZ time), they couldn't believe what they saw - the front of the Boeing 757-200 crumpled in like it had been punched right on the nose. "30,000 feet in the air".
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The Thunder made it safely to Chicago early Saturday morning after a 119-116 loss to the Timberwolves, but not without some flight issues. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger guided the plane onto the icy waters around New York City, leading to the safe disembarkment of all 155 people onboard. Carmelo Anthony posted to Instagram.
A Delta Airlines spokeswoman said crews were evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird. All the players, coaches, and staff aboard the plane landed safely.