Alaska Airlines Plane Collides With, Kills Deer in California

Passengers are OK after a rare collision on a runway between a plane and a deer.
Alaska Airlines Plane Collides With, Kills Deer in California

An Alaskan Airlines plane struck and killed a deer last week while landing at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport near Santa Rosa, California.

The incident occurred Dec. 2 around 6 p.m. when the Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop had not touched ground and clipped a deer that cross paths with the plane, airport manager Jon Stout told Bay City News. The plane landed safely, and a punctured tire from an antler was the only damage to the aircraft.

Despite the dangerous circumstances, the flight’s passengers were “largely unaware of what happened,” Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Eagan told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Wildlife entering runways and taxiways is a common concern at airports, but a collision between an animal and airplane are rare. “I would characterize it as unusual,” Eagan said to The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa.

The Q400’s minimal damage was inspected and led to two canceled flights. However, it was cleared the takeoff Thursday, according to The Associated Press.


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