When you’re a professional athlete, you travel a lot. Every week teams fly from state to state for games. Players from the Oklahoma City Thunder noticed some unexplainable damages to their plane after they landed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and now everybody’s chiming in with an answer.
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Steven Adams, one of the many stars players for the Thunder tweeted, “We had a rough flight to say the least,” which was an understatement. The nose of the Boeing 757-200 they had chartered had a massive dent, causing everyone to ask, ‘what did we hit?’
According to recounts from the players on the plane, their plane did run into some severe turbulence during the flight, but they said that they didn’t feel anything hit the plane when they were in the air.
The astonished players asked Twitter for some help figuring out what might have caused the dent. Adam’s fellow player Carmelo Anthony asked: “what possibly could we have hit in the sky at this time of night?”.
Anthony tagged NASA and Bill Nye in the same tweet. Delta issued a statement on the matter stating: “Delta flight 8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago.”
A spokesperson added: “The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating. Safety is Delta’s top priority.” A bird strike? That must have been one big bird.
Twitter and the players are not buying Delta’s logic for the incident. Thunder player Patrick Patterson gave his take on the matter claiming it could have been “Superman.”
A similar incident occurred in 2015 in Turkey after a Turkish Airlines’ plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the plane’s nose suffered similar damage.
Rational thinkers would agree a bird probably did hit the plane at a high rate of speed, but it’s a lot more fun to think Superman might have done it.