Delta flight #DL8935 safely landed at Chicago Midway International Airport early Saturday morning but suffered a bird strike damaging the plane’s radome.
Multiple Thunder players took photos of the team’s Delta charter plane upon landing in Chicago, showing the nose of the aircraft caved in.
The Boeing 757-200 (reg. N650DL) suffered a bird strike during final approach to Chicago (MDW) runway 31L at approximately 05:46 UTC.
A Thunder spokesperson said early Saturday that all players, staff and coaches were safe and en route to their hotel.
“Delta flight #DL8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago. 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.”