Thunder charter plane dented en route to Chicago, lands safely

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The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team were caught up in a weird mid-air incident when their charter plane was struck by an as yet unidentified object on its way to Chicago, damaging the nose cone.

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

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Anthony posted a picture of the front of the plane on Instagram and wrote: "What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night?" "Everyone is Safe, Though".

Baffled center Steven Adams even took to Twitter to ask NASA, television personality and engineer Bill Nye, and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: "What caused this?".

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The early Saturday incident on Delta 8935 to Midway International Airport prompted several players, including Carmelo Anthony, Josh Huestis and Steven Adams, to post photos on social media showing the caved-in nose of their plane.

A team official said the flight was "a little rough, but not extreme or out of the ordinary", according to ESPN.

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A Thunder spokesperson told The Oklahoman that all players, staff and coaches were safe.

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