- A plane has hit a deer departing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to FAA officials.
The incident happened around 12:15 p.m.
According to The Charlotte Observer, 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. There was fuel leaking from the aircraft, so passengers deplaned on the runway and firetrucks did hose the plane down.
Crew onboard American Eagle Airlines flight 5320 say the plane hit a deer during departure from the runway. The airline is working to get them on other flights.
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. "However, the airport property includes thousands of fenced acres and includes vast areas of undeveloped land", the spokesperson said.