Thunder Charter Plane Lands Safely Despite Massive Dent in Nose


Several Thunder fans suggested the damage could have been caused by a bird strike - like this American Airlines aircraft damaged on its way to Dallas, Texas past year. The Thunder were traveling from a game in Minnesota.

Thankfully no one was injured, and the Thunder players can breathe easy and give a little thanks, as Carmelo Anthony did in his Instagram post.

The Thunder lost 119-116 against the Timberwolves Friday night.

The sportsman posted a dramatic picture to Twitter of a badly damaged plane.

Airplanes have been having unwelcome encounters with wildlife ever since man sent its own winged craft into the sky.

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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. The vast majority involve birds, although bats and reptiles and mammals that have wandered onto runways have also been involved.

The Federal Aviation Administration says most collisions occur during the fall, when young birds leave the nest and the cold drives migration toward warmer climates. It is believed that the plane collided with a bird during the flight, according to ABC News.

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

But a Thunder spokesperson told an Oklahoma newspaper that all players, staff and coaches were safe.

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