On October 28, 2017, Delta Air Lines Flight #DL8935, was flying the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA-Team from Minnesota to Chicago... when shortly before landing at Chicago-Midway Airport, Illinois, USA... the nose radome impacted with some unknown object, leaving it badly dented and scratched.
A short time later, The plane landed safely without further incident.
Some sources indicate that impact occurred at approximately 29,000-30,000 Feet... While other souces indicate that it happened while "descending".
Delta Airlines moved to "quash speculation" by saying the dent in the nose cone was "possibly" caused by a bird strike.
Some people don't think so. They believe that if it was a bird strike, there should have been blood or "Feathers" left behind on the Nose Cone... There was no evidence of any remains left behind...
And could a bird impact, really cause a Nose Cone to cave in like that?
But, If it wasn't a "bird strike", then what was it?
Sadly, it (seems?) that the Pilots didn't see what they had hit, either... and so they can't provide any answers to help clarify the mystery...
Well, whatever happened to Delta Air Lines Flight #DL8935... I guess everyone should be very thankful for the fact that there were not additional "birds" impacting with the engines, or damaging other parts of the plane.
Because, after looking at the size of that dent, in one of the strongest parts of the plane... I find it extremely difficult to imagine, that had there been other "bird" impacts with the Airplane, that it would have been able to landed safely... if it could have landed at all.
A bird seems most likely to me. Why no blood or feathers? Because there's no sharp or angled areas to tear the bird apart. Its injuries may well have all been internal with no rupturing of its skin. The nose of the plane is smoothly rounded. There's not really anything for the bird to stick to.