Plane Strikes Deer On Runway At Huntingburg

The Beechcraft King Air 350 has a wingspan of 58 feet and can carry up to 12 passengers.

The Beechcraft King Air 350 has a wingspan of 58 feet and can carry up to 12 passengers.

Car/deer accidents are commonplace here in southern Indiana, airplane/deer accidents are rare.  But, it happened Thursday night at the Dubois County Regional Airport at Huntingburg.

A private twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 350 struck a deer shortly after landing.  The was still traveling at approximately 100 knots (about 115 MPH) at impact.   The deer was killed instantly.   The plane’s pilot was able to keep the aircraft on the runway and was able to taxi off.

Airport manager Travis McQueen says its not known yet how much damage was done to the airplane.  He says the deer was struck by the plane’s right engine.    The incident happened shortly before 7pm.   No one on board the plane was injured.

McQueen and crew members of the aircraft were able to remove the carcass and clear the runway in time before another scheduled landing at the airport.

McQueen says this is the second airplane/animal accident in the 14 years he’s been with the airport.  He says an airplane struck a coyote with its landing gear back in January of 2005.

THE PHOTO IS NOT THE PLANE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT

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