Bird blamed for Steven Adams' 'rough flight'

Steven Adams' plane
The plane, worse for wear, and Steven Adams. Photo credit: Steven Adams/Twitter

What did this to Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams' plane?

When his side the Oklahoma City Thunder disembarked their flight on Saturday (NZ time), they couldn't believe what they saw - the front of the Boeing 757-200 crumpled in like it had been punched right on the nose.

"We had a rough flight to say the least," Adams tweeted.

He asked NASA and famous TV scientists Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson what happened, to no answer, but now Delta Airlines has revealed it was "likely" a bird.

"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," a spokesman said.

"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."

The Boeing 757-200 has a top speed of almost 1000km/h.

No one was hurt, but it's probable the bird will be taking a permanent time-out.