SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah Jazz charter flight headed to Memphis had to return to Salt Lake City after the plane struck a flock of birds on takeoff.

No injuries were reported. The Jazz confirmed their Delta charter for Wednesday’s game returned to Salt Lake City International airport shortly after takeoff.

The Utah Jazz plane had to be re-routed after hitting some birds during takeoff. Everybody is ok. 😲(📸: @brian_schnee)

— theScore (@theScore) March 30, 2021

Following the incident, several players expressed gratitude for the safe landing. Donovan Mitchell posted a praying hands emoji on Twitter, while Rudy Gobert wrote “It’s a beautiful day!”


— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 30, 2021

It’s a beautiful day!

— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 30, 2021

The Jazz were scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Further details were not immediately available.

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