Plane Headed for Gulfport hits Deer
A scary day for passengers headed to Gulfport today after the plane they were in struck a deer while taking off from the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The American Airlines flight was headed to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport just after 11 a.m. when it hit a deer on takeoff. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot declared an emergency and immediately returned for landing. The plane was leaking fuel after the collision.
When the plane landed, airport emergency responders rushed to the plane and used foam to cover the jet fuel to prevent any fire dangers.
Officials said 44 passengers were on the plane during the incident, but there were no injuries.
Charlotte-Douglas Airport tweeted the aircraft was removed from the airfield and the runway was reopened after 2 p.m.