This looks worse than it really was. But damn it looks bad, right?
Members of the Oklahoma City Thunder were greeted by a surprising sight when their charter plane landed in Chicago in the early hours of Saturday morning: a giant, ugly dent in the plane's nose.
Carmelo Anthony shared a look at the damage on Instagram, along with a completely fair question: WTF?
The aircraft, which landed safely when all was said and done, "likely encountered a bird," according to a Delta Airlines statement shared with ESPN. A happy ending for the team, but not so much for that poor bird.
With a dent of that size, you'd think it was a rough ride for the Thunder. Not so, according to a team official. The flight was "a little rough," according to ESPN, but not in a way that left everyone aboard alarmed.
MID-AIR SCARE: Oklahoma City Thunder's plane believed to have hit a bird during flight to Chicago; no injures reported. pic.twitter.com/vmUENYnodR
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2017
While the damage looks significant, the nose of most passenger-bearing jets is not as sturdy as you might think. In truth, the weatherproof enclosure — called a "radome" (a portamanteau of "radar" and "dome") — holds the plane's radar antenna. And clearly, it's easily damaged when some poor bird collides with it in midair.
Still, what a jarring thing to see as you're exiting a plane.