Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Plane hits deer during takeoff at Charlotte airport

Plane hits deer during takeoff at Charlotte airport

According to the FAA, the American Airlines flight, which was going from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in MS, took of at around 11:45 this morning.

Deer strikes are not infrequent for planes in the U.S. There were over 1,100 deer-aircraft collisions reported to the Federal Aviation Administration between 1990 and 2015.

From Chopper 9 Skyzoom, the plane could be seen dumping fuel as it circled back to land.

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TV stations showed damage to one of the right front wing flaps of the CRJ700 jet, and emergency personnel sprayed foam on the aircraft as a precaution. The plane was then towed away for inspection.

Crew onboard American Eagle Airlines flight 5320 say the plane hit a deer during departure from the runway.

"The airplane came immediately back to the airport and landed safely".

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