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.
Hours later than scheduled, the team was eventually able to board a different plane and departed safely for Memphis.
Boeing did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.