WATCH | An American Airlines plane made an emergency after hitting a deer during takeoff
An American Airlines jet was taking off at Charlotte Douglas International Airport when it struck a deer around noon on Wednesday, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing, according to the Charlotte Observer. The CRJ-700 struck the deer during its takeoff roll on a plane bound for Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi.
One runway was closed as airport officials worked to clear the scene, but no injuries were reported.
Update: 18L-36R remains closed due to deer strike. Arrival and departure delays. Please contact your airline on status of your flight.— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) February 15, 2017
“5320, you are showing you’re trailing some kind of vapor or something off the right wing,” an air traffic worker was heard telling the flight crew on an air traffic recording from the Charlotte Douglas tower.
“We copy and we understand,” the flight crew replied.
The 44 passengers and four crew members were evacuated on the runway, American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said. Firefighting crews arrived on scene and sprayed flame retardant because it was leaking jet fuel.
Charlotte Douglas spokeswoman Lee Davis said the airport intends to evaluate how the deer entered the runway area as part of its wildlife management plan. Though the airport itself is surround by more than 19 miles of barbed wire fencing, the area is encompassed by thousands of areas of wooded land conducive to deer.
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