Thunder charter plane dented en route to Chicago, lands safely

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Adams wrote above an image of the damaged plane.

A plane carrying National Basketball Association team the Oklahoma City Thunder from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently struck a bird early Saturday when it was landing, damaging the plane, Delta Airlines said.

The cause of the damage is now unknown, but the Thunder's flight landed at Chicago Midway International Airport at approximately 12:46 a.m. CT.

A team official told ESPN that the flight was a little rough, but not out of the ordinary.

Multiple players took to social media to post about the freakish situation, but the team said everyone is safe and sound, and the flight landed as planned and on schedule at Midway International Airport.

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The team was flying from Minneapolis after playing the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday (AEDT) to Chicago, where they play the Bulls on Sunday.

Small forward Carmelo Anthony posted a picture of the battered plane on his Instagram account reassuring fans everyone on board was OK.

Delta Airlines later said the charter plane which had flown the team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently collided with a bird early Saturday as it was landing. "Safety is Delta's top priority".

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