WATCH: Is it a UFO? Is it Superman? – Nope, it’s a bird strike...

2017-10-30 12:56 - Kavitha Pillay
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Damage after a bird hit a Delta Airlines Boeing. (Photo: Twitter/ Steven Adams)

Cape Town – If you think that a bird hitting an aircraft will leave a few minor dents, barely visible to the human eye – think again!

A bird strike actually causes quite an impact on the plane’s surface, as was evident when a Delta Airlines plane carrying an American basketball team was hit by what they thought was “Superman” or a “UFO”.

According to eTurboNews, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team were mid-flight to Chicago when the plane was struck by what was initially an “unidentified object”.

Other news sources confirm that a statement from Delta Airlines says that a bird likely struck the nose of the Boeing 757-200 plane, causing the massive dent.

While it was a surprise for the NBA star passengers who posted many pictures of the damaged plane on social media, extensive damage due to bird strikes is more common than you’d expect.

SEE: PICS: You won't actually believe how much damage a bird strike can cause to a passenger plane

“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,” Delta Airlines added.

However, the Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200’s nose was so badly dented and scratched, that the passengers could not believe it was caused by a bird. One of the passengers posted on Twitter that they had “hit Superman”.


Yikes! When taking to the skies, you best watch out for those birds...

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