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You’ve heard of bird strikes, but how about a deer strike?!? That’s exactly what happened to one American Airlines CRJ-700 Aircarft at Charlotte Douglas International Airport upon take off. The aircraft bound for Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, struck a deer upon takeoff, forcing it to make an emergency landing back in CLT.
Per the Charlotte Observer,
An American Airlines regional jet that was taking off at Charlotte Douglas International Airport struck a deer at about noon Wednesday, causing the crew to declare an emergency and return to the airport.
The American Eagle plane was headed to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, in Mississippi, with 44 passengers and four crew members, aboard, American spokeswoman Katie Cody said. The CRJ-700 struck the deer during its takeoff roll. The flight crew declared an emergency and then did a flyover so personnel on the ground could inspect it for damage prior to attempting a landing.
The aircraft landing safely back in Charlotte, and there were no injuries reported of either the passengers or the crew. However upon landing, the CRJ700 was met by firefighters straying a flame retardant due to the plane leaking jet fuel.