The Thunder's plane hit a bird and it left quite a mark

"Flying to chicago", he wrote - appealing to NASA, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and science presenter Bill Nye to solve the mystery of what could have caused the huge dent.

The nose cone "of a plane is being constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits".

Thankfully no one was injured, and the Thunder players can breathe easy and give a little thanks, as Carmelo Anthony did in his Instagram post.

The Thunder lost to Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night.

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Huestis tweeted: "I guess we hit something?"

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The team were quite "surprised" after disembarking to find the actual done to the plane.

In a statement to the Oklahoman, Delta Airlines moved to quash speculation by saying the plane likely came in contact with "a bird".

But a Thunder spokesperson told an Oklahoma newspaper that all players, staff and coaches were safe.

After disembarking, National Basketball Association stars Carmelo Anthony and Josh Huestis posted pictures of the damage to social media.

"The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating". "Thank God the OKC Thunder team plane landed safely after hitting something in the sky".

The Thunder is scheduled to play the Bulls tonight at the United Center.

  • Regina Holmes