Plane collides with deer on takeoff at Charlotte airport

The American Eagle flight struck a deer shortly after taking off from North Carolina's worldwide airport in the United States, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Mississippi.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the American Eagle CRJ700 declared an emergency and returned to the airport.

Fuel was leaking from the aircraft, and passengers deplaned on the runway and firetrucks hosed the plane down.

The flight crew reported an emergency and made a safe landing back at the airport.

Airline officials said none of the 44 passengers or 4 crew members were injured in the collision. The airline is working to get them on other flights.

Around 12:15 p.m. EST, PSA Airline flight 5320 was taking off from the airport when it struck a deer on Runway 36C.

"The airplane came immediately back to the airport and landed safely".

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