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Bam! Ouch, what happened to our plane’s nose?

October 30, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

The nose of a charter plane carrying NBA basketball team Oklahoma Thunder was smashed in at the weekend after the plane struck an object, believed to be a bird, during flight, suffering a whopping great dent.

The team disembarked Delta flight 8935 from Minneapolis in Chicago to be confronted by the damage. Lots of pictures of the B757-200 were taken and swiftly posted to social media.

“You never take anything for granted, just be thankful and blessed they we were able to land the plane and everything was OK,” Thunder star Russell Westbrook was reported as saying.


“Seeing stuff like that just shows you how you need to cherish life and understand the important things in life and embrace every moment.”

Player Steven Adams tweeted: “We had a rough flight to say the least. 30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?”


Delta Airlines says it wasn’t a meteorite. It most “likely encountered a bird” while descending to land.

The bird, presumably, did not survive the encounter.

Social media users, however, have pointed to a 2015 Delta flight which was hit by “baseball-sized” hailstones, producing similar damage. There have even been mentions of UFOs, as depicted in the photo at the top, though none of those are reported to have landed recently and they were sighted more frequently in the 1950s.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Not sure what birds fly at 30,000 feet, Except metal ones with humans inside. If it was a birdstrike at 30,000 feet would love to see that bird.

    More likely to be a weather balloon.

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