Emergency Landing After Plane Hits Deer

Deer took out landing gear

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 7:08 PM CDT
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A small airplane was forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling because it hit a pair of deer and lost its left-side landing gear.

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A small airplane was forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling because it hit a pair of deer and lost its left-side landing gear. 

No injuries were reported.

"Other than not having the landing gear on its left side, the plane appeared to be intact," Wheeling Fire Battalion Chief Dave Palmeri told the Chicago Tribune.

The Piper Seneca plane, which took off from Freemont Michigan with six people aboard, hit the deer duo during takeoff after a quick stop at Grayslake’s Campbell Airport.

The plane left Grayslake but was forced to land in Wheeling because its gear was damaged.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. No word on the status of the deer.
 

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