Oh deer! Passenger plane suffers bizarre accident

Oh deer! Passenger plane suffers bizarre accident

American Eagle jet has close encounter with nature in North Carolina

American Eagle jet has close encounter with nature in North Carolina

shutterstock_65849257A US passenger plane was involved in a bizarre accident on Wednesday, when it struck a deer while attempting to take off.

UPI News reports that the aircraft, operated by American Eagle – a subsidiary of American Airlines – was damaged when it hit the unfortunately animal on the runway of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

Passengers reported hearing a loud thud as the aircraft was accelerating for take-off. The impact appeared to do significant damage to the Bombardier jet, as it began leaking fluid and had to return to the terminal, where fire-fighters doused it with foam. No injuries were reported – apart from the deer, of course.

The FAA said the incident marked the sixth recorded collision between a plane and a deer at the airport since 1994.

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