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Thunder's charter plane damaged flying to Chicago, lands safely

Thunder's charter plane damaged flying to Chicago, lands safely

A Delta Airlines spokeswoman said crews were evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Carmelo Anthony, left, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler during a game Friday in Minneapolis.

The nose of the plane is completely crumpled in, as if it had been punched by a giant fist in the air, and Delta's explanation of how it happened makes the picture even more incredible. Anthony wrote on Instagram before reassuring his fans that the team made it safely to the ground.

The Thunder are scheduled to play the Bulls on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.in the United Center.

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The reason for the incident is not yet clear, but the image of the plane suggests that it hit an object while flying. According to a statement Delta airlines issued via USA Today...a bird. The vast majority involve birds, although bats and reptiles and mammals that have wandered onto runways have also been involved. The FAA says damage to planes from the strikes could be as high as almost a billion dollars a year.

A plane carrying an NBA Team was damaged while mid-air last night.

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Thunder told The Oklahoman newspaper that all of its players, staff and coaches were safe.

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