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Plane hits deer on takeoff from Charlotte airport; no passengers hurt

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

A plane was evacuated after hitting a deer at an America airport.

Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer shortly after taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, global airport, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Gulfport, Mississippi. The flight was headed to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi.

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Emergency crews immediately surrounded the plane and sprayed it with foam upon landing. The airline is working to get them on other flights.

The plane then circled the airport while crews investigated the runway for damage. The airplane was towed away around 2 p.m. It turned around and landed safely on Runway 36R.

There were 44 passengers on the plane, and there have been no reported injuries.

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