OKC Thunder team plane involved

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It's not quite Halloween, but the Oklahoma City Thunder received an early scare Friday night.

The team's chartered flight operating from Minneapolis to Chicago had a frightening descent after the aircraft took damage to its nose, likely caused by a bird, according to The Oklahoman.

Luckily for the players and staff on board, Delta Airlines Flight 8935 landed safely without incident. However, players were left baffled by what happened.

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Small forward and new acquisition, Carmelo Anthony, shared the following image via Instagram:

The club was en route to Chicago for a clash with the Bulls on Saturday night following a 119-116 loss to the Timberwolves. It was clear sailing until the plane began descending into Chicago Midway Airport, which is notoriously known for high winds and bad weather.

Thunder center Steven Adams reached out for a scientific explanation via Twitter from NASA, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye - also known as American television presenter, Bill Nye The Science Guy.

Contrary to a scientific explanation of the incident, forward Patrick Patterson believes the Man of Steel was responsible for the damage:

The Thunder didn't dwell on the incident too long, though, easily dispatching the lowly Bulls, 101-69, in their sixth game of the campaign to improve to 3-3 on the season. Oklahoma City will now jump right back on a plane bound for Milwaukee ahead of a clash with the Bucks on Halloween night.

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