Bird strike likely for Adams’ plane

The Dominion Post - - Sport | Family Notices -

"Must've been a pretty big bird - a Ptero­dactyl maybe." Thun­der for­ward Nick Col­li­son

Delta Air Lines says a bird likely caused the dam­age to the plane car­ry­ing the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der bas­ket­ball side that fea­tures Kiwi cen­tre Steven Adams.

The char­ter flight for the NBA side from Min­neapo­lis to Chicago ap­par­ently en­coun­tered a bird early when it was land­ing, caus­ing dam­age that prompted some play­ers to post pho­tos on so­cial me­dia show­ing the cavedin nose of the plane.

No in­juries were re­ported. Adams and fel­low Thun­der play­ers Carmelo An­thony and Josh Huestis all posted pho­tos of the plane shortly af­ter it landed about 12:45am EST.

Adams’ Twit­ter post said: ‘‘We had a rough flight to say the least.’’

‘‘You never take any­thing for granted, just be thank­ful and blessed they we were able to land the plane and ev­ery­thing was OK,’’ Thun­der star Rus­sell West­brook said.

An­thony wrote on In­sta­gram: ‘‘What pos­si­bly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Ev­ery­one is Safe, Though.’’

Huestis tweeted: ‘‘I guess we hit some­thing? 30,000 feet up...’’

The in­ci­dent didn’t bother the Thun­der in their game against the Bulls yes­ter­day as they cruised to a 101-69 ham­mer­ing of their hosts.

Adams has 12 points and eight re­bounds in his 28 min­utes as the start­ing cen­tre for the Thun­der.

Delta Air Lines 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.

‘‘Must’ve been a pretty big bird - a Ptero­dactyl maybe,’’ Thun­der for­ward Nick Col­li­son said.

Col­li­son was watch­ing the show ‘‘Stranger Things’’ when he felt the plane drop for a se­cond like a ‘‘roller-coaster’’.

‘‘It’s one of those mo­ments you bow your head and thank the man above,’’ West­brook said.

Coach Billy Dono­van said he was re­lieved the in­ci­dent was not more se­ri­ous.

‘‘We landed safely. Thank God ev­ery­body was safe.’’

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