Plane Carrying NBA Stars Has Nose Dented After ‘Hitting Something At 30,000ft’

People will often tell you that flying is statistically the safest form of transport, but it’s really hard for that to resonate when the ground feels like a million miles away.

Those fears escalate too when anything like turbulence happens in the air. From your seats you can’t really know if the pilots have everything under control, so while the uncertainty of it all consumes you, so does the expectancy of the worst.

NBA team Oklahoma City Thunder players must have gotten that feeling, especially after they exited the plane to see the nose of it dented.


Their private plane, flying from Minneapolis to Chicago flew into a bout of turbulence and hit something at around 30,000ft, the Mirror reports.

It’s possible that the plane hit a bird at that height, and the sheer speed caused the damage.

The players on board mustn’t have been too phased, though, as they made jokes following the flight.


Patrick Patterson, who was onboard, said: “When you accidentally hit superman while flying,” and Carmelo Anthony added: “What possibly could we have hit in the sky at this time of night?.”

Luckily it landed safely in Chicago, though the bird it presumably hit is quite obviously in a terrible state somewhere. We must spare a though for the bird, and the person its carcass potentially hit while tumbling to the ground.



Steven Adams went above and beyond, asking NASA for an explanation as to what happened.

He included astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye (The Science Guy), writing: “Hey    We had a rough flight to say the least.

“30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?”

A spokesperson for Delta told a local Oklahoma newspaper, The Norman Transcript, that the plane ‘likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago,” adding that the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident.


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