Plane Hits Deer During Takeoff

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Well, you don't hear of this very often. On Wednesday morning, American Eagle Flight 5320 hit a deer as it left the runway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The pilot declared an emergency and turned the plane, which was on its way to Gulfport, Mississippi, around.

The collision with the deer apparently damaged the wing, and crews sprayed the plane with foam because of a fuel leak. All 44 passengers were evacuated and boarded buses back to the terminal. There were no reported injuries and passengers were put on another flight. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, deer vs. plane collisions aren't quite as rare as you might think. In fact, according to the FFA, Wednesday’s incident was the sixth time a plane has struck a deer at Charlotte Douglas since 1994. FFA records show the last time a deer collision was reported at the airport was in October 2010. A US Airways Boeing 737 struck a white-tailed deer, causing minor damage to the plane.

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