American Eagle Aircraft Hits Deer, Aborts Takeoff

Oct 25, 2018

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An American Eagle regional flight aborted takeoff when the small jet hit a deer as it was speeding on the runway of a small Pennsylvania airport Tuesday morning.

The Embraer E-145 jet, which seats 50 people, was taking off from the Williamsport airport (IPT) just after 6am when the aircraft hit a buck that officials think jumped the airport’s fence. There were no injuries among the 43 passengers or three crew on board the flight, operated by Piedmont Airlines, an affiliate of American Eagle, which is an American Airlines subsidiary.

American Airlines confirmed the incident to USA Today, saying that the flight was canceled and the airline booked passengers on other American Eagle flights out to Philadelphia (PHL), where the original flight was heading.

The buck hit by the jet died, but the aircraft was not seriously damaged.

Animals holding up flights on runways is not an uncommon phenomenon. Earlier this year, jackrabbits were causing major problems on runways at airports across Ukraine, and in Florida a gator moseying across the runway held up a Spirit Airlines flight in June. The Philadelphia airport is no stranger to deer either — it borders a wildlife refuge choc full of them, and it is considering opening its gates up to crossbow hunters.

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