The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team landed in Chicago to find that the nose of their charter plane had been crushed like an eggshell.
Delta Airlines later said the charter plane which had flown the team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently collided with a bird early Saturday as it was landing.
But before Delta's announcement, players on the NBA team publicly pondered the cause.
30000 feet in the air.
Flying to chicago.
What caused this? pic.twitter.com/uEVrEm7noi— Steven Adams (@RealStevenAdams) October 28, 2017
"I guess we hit something," player Josh Huestis tweeted.
Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
A spokesperson for the team told The Oklahoman newspaper that all of its players, staff and coaches were safe. The Thunder lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-116 on Friday night. Oklahoma City plays the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.