Remind me never to fly on a plane ever again. In the early hours of Saturday morning the Oklahoma City basketball team were flying to Chicago when their plane was struck mid-air.
Everyone aboard was safe, but the damage is shocking! Star Carmelo Anthony posted a picture of the plane’s nose on Instagram:
Luckily the aircraft withstood the impact and the damage seems to have only been cosmetic. We’re glad that nothing else went wrong and that the team and staff on board were all okay.
Whoa, we almost lost Westbrook, Melo and PG at the same time…Damn!!! https://t.co/kJbccecF2b
— Cali Godfather (@Abruzzi_D) October 28, 2017
In a statement from Delta Airlines, they said the plane “likely encountered a bird”. Wow, that’s one hell of a bird! Surprisingly a spokesperson for the team said the flight was just “a little rough” but not in a was that caused too much alarm. With a dent that big though, the internet was (as always) sceptical.
How big was that bird? Damn……..?
— "WiLD"~Bill FLynn;) (@beer030) October 28, 2017
That's a big bird pic.twitter.com/uWeUOMqakJ
— Chad Coleman (@HashtagChad) October 28, 2017
No! This is a big bird…? pic.twitter.com/MRSIeZqTZi
— Jamie Slonis (@JamieSlonis) October 28, 2017
All jokes aside, yes the damage looks pretty bad, but it turns out that the noses of passenger planes like this aren’t overly sturdy anyway and are just there to protect the plane’s radar antenna. We’re pretty sure this must happen fairly often if this is what happens every time a bird hits! Still, it’s pretty scary and it’s enough to put me off flying… but I’m sure I’ll be over it in a week.
Here’s some footage of the front of the plane posted by ABC:
MID-AIR SCARE: Oklahoma City Thunder's plane believed to have hit a bird during flight to Chicago; no injures reported. pic.twitter.com/vmUENYnodR
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2017