LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX NEWS) -- A plane carrying NBA team the Oklahoma City Thunder from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently struck a bird early Saturday when it was landing, damaging the plane, Delta Airlines said.

When they landed, the players noticed something strange about their plane.

The chartered plane had apparently encountered some unexpected object while flying, and was left with a giant dent in the nose.

Thunder players Carmelo Anthony, Josh Huestis and Steven Adams all posted photos of the plane with a large dent on its nose.

Anthony posted on his Instagram: “What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is safe though. 'All Praise Due.'”

Adams tweeted: “30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?” Adams tweeted the post to NASA and scientists Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tyson and Nye did not reply to Adams’ question.

Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and 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.

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