The travel party had been heading to the team’s next game against the Memphis Grizzlies on a chartered flight but, just minutes into the journey, the decision was made to turn back for Salt Lake City Airport.
A statement on the Utah Jazz website said the bird strike had caused a fire in at least one of the engines.
Pilots were able to land the Boeing 757-200 without incident despite engine failure, according to the team.
“Players were clearly shaken by the incident and quickly took to social media upon landing. But no one on the plane was harmed,” read a team statement.
Hours later than scheduled, the team was eventually able to board a different plane and departed safely for Memphis.
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Following the incident, star Rudy Gobert
posted a message on social media saying: “It’s a beautiful day!”
Teammates Jordan Clarkson
and Donovan Mitchell
also both posted a praying emoji whilst forward Royce O’Neale
wrote: “GOD is good.”
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there was an estimated 17,228 wildlife strikes at 753 US airports in 2019. From 1988 to 2019, there were 292 fatalities attributed to wildlife strikes around the world.
Boeing did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.