SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A Delta charter flight carrying the Utah Jazz was forced to make an emergency landing at Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday afternoon.
The flight was traveling from SLC to Memphis, Tennessee ahead of the Jazz’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
In a statement to ABC4, a Delta spokesperson says the plane was forced to land after it hit a flock of birds. Delta officials said one of the plane’s engines was shut down as a precaution and the plane landed at Salt Lake City International Airport without incident. No injuries were reported.
Several Utah Jazz players, who were rightfully shaken up by the incident, posted on social media following the emergency landing:
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, planes report 39 animal strikes daily, 97% of which are birds, 2% are terrestrial animals, and 1% are bats and reptiles.