Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
A regional jet airliner of American Airlines was taking off at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Wednesday afternoon when it struck deer. It caused the crew members to cal an emergency and return to the airport.
The plane of American Eagle was travelling to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport that is based in Mississippi.
It had been carrying 44 passengers and four crew members on board, according to Katie Cody, the spokeswoman of American Airlines. The CRJ-700 struck deer while it was taking off. Thereafter, the flight crew announced an emergency. Then, it did a flyover so that the personnel on the ground could inspect it for any damage before making attempts to make a landing.
The pilot has been heard informing the air traffic controller that a loud bang has been heard, and that the aircraft would return from where it took off.
A few minutes later, the crew got the damage assessment from the ground.
The jet had landed on the runway and the passengers had all evacuated on the runway. Then, they returned to the airport terminal through buses, as asserted by Cody. None of the passengers and crew members have been injured due to the emergency landing.
Cody added that the firefighting crews met the plane.
Then, they sprayed some flame retardant since it was leaking jet fuel. The runway was reopened shortly after 2 p.m. after an inspection. The plane was then towed away.
Lee Davis, the spokeswoman of Charlotte Douglas said that the airport would evaluate how the deer got on to the runway. Charlotte Douglas is surrounded by more than 19 miles of barbed wire-topped fencing. And, it also flanked by a vast woodland area that is conducive to deer.