Delta flight DL8935 — a charter for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder — flew late last night from Minneapolis to Chicago Midway. It suffered a bird strike damaging the Boeing 757-200’s nose cone on arrival. And the basketball players onboard were super-confused.
Several players shared the aircraft damage through social media, though NBA players don’t make the best aviation geeks — they seem genuinely stumped by what happened.
One team member – Steven Adams – even sought NASA’s help figuring out what happened.
30000 feet in the air.
Flying to chicago.
What caused this? pic.twitter.com/uEVrEm7noi
— Steven Adams (@RealStevenAdams) October 28, 2017
While when player Josh Huestis tweets, a genius speaks.
I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up… pic.twitter.com/Rem9GmwRKq
— Josh Huestis (@jhuestis) October 28, 2017
These players will be matched up against the Chicago Bulls tonight.
It was just Thursday when another Delta 757-200 suffered a bird strike on landing. Flight DL1795 from Atlanta was approaching Salt lake City runway 34 Right. An engine took in a bird, stalled, and recovered and the plane landed safely.
Meanwhile also on Thursday an American Airlines A321 from Charlotte to Orlando sustained nose cone damage from a bird strike as well.