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NBA Stars Left In Shock After Mid-flight Collision Left Plane's Nose Smashed (Pictures)

They're used to a bit of turbulence on the court.But NBA stars Oklahoma City Thunder were left battled as they disembarked a private charter plane late on Saturday night to discover its nose had been entirely indented mid-flight.

The players were on a chartered Boeing 757-200 that was being operated by Delta at the time. 

They were traveling from Minneapolis where they had earlier been defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves when the damage was caused. 

They noticed the damage after landing at Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 1.30am. 

New Zealand player Steven Adams shared photographs of the damage after arriving at Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 1.30am on Saturday after their flight from Minnesota. 

'We had a rough flight to say the least,' said Adams, 24. 

Incredulous, he called on NASA and famous scientists Bill Nye and Neil Tyson to shed light on what may have caused the dent.   

Adams' superstar teammate Carmelo Anthony also shared a photo of the plane on social media.

In an image posted to his Instagram account, Anthony asked 'what possibly could we have hit in the sky at this time of night?'.

Some mischievously suggested the damage was caused by 'Superman' while others pointed to the more likely explanation that it was a bird which struck the aircraft. 

Player Patrick Patterson fed fans' fun. 

When you accidentally hit superman while flying,' he said on Instagram.  He assured fans that all passengers on the plane were safe.  

On Sunday, Delta confirmed the damage and that all players and team staff were safe. 

They said it was likely caused by a bird striking the nose of the aircraft. 

'Delta flight 8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago.

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