Several Thunder players posted photos on their social media showing the nose of their plane smashed in after landing shortly after 1 a.m..
Carmelo Anthony posted a photo with the caption, "What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is Safe, Though."
I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up... pic.twitter.com/Rem9GmwRKq— Josh Huestis (@jhuestis) October 28, 2017
Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said in a statement that the plane, "sustained damage to its nose cone while on descent into Chicago."
Delta said the flight from Minneapolis apparently encountered a bird when it was landing, causing the damage.
The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed without incident and customers deplaned normally.
A team official told ESPN that the flight was a little rough, but not extreme or out of the ordinary.
The Thunder were traveling from a game in Minnesota. They play the Bulls Saturday night at the United Center.