Plane carrying NBA's Thunder damaged mid-air, lands safely

A plane carrying New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams has been involved in a incident in mid-air

This will be the Thunder's only trip to Chicago this season.

The Thunder lost to the Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday night and will play the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday.

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

3,966 Likes, 225 Comments - Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) on Instagram: "What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night?"

Several starts posted photos of the plane after landing, and asked what caused the incident.

A plane carrying New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams has been involved in a incident in mid-air.

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Maintenance crews are evaluating the situation, but believe that a large bird caused the damage, Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf told reporters.

Players share pictures online of the plane's caved-in nose.

The Bird Strike Committee USA, a data-tracking organization that serves the airline industry, says more than 20,000 wildlife strikes are reported each year in the US alone. Usually wildlife collisions are not fatal, although they have killed some 250 people worldwide since 1988 says the group.

Thunder forward Josh Huestis also shared a photo of the team's Delta charter plane.

A Thunder spokesperson said early Saturday that all players, staff and coaches were safe and en route to their hotel.

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