Plane hits deer on takeoff, makes emergency landing at Lancaster Airport

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LITITZ, Pa. (WHTM) – A small airplane made an emergency landing at Lancaster Airport after it hit a deer on takeoff.

Lancaster County 911 dispatchers said the four people aboard the plane reported no injuries after the landing Tuesday morning.

The FAA says the pilot of the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 reported striking a deer on takeoff from Wings Field Airport, in Blue Bell, earlier in the morning. The deer damaged the left main landing gear.

Lancaster Airport manager Dave Eberly said the plane made an intentional belly landing at the airport in Lititz with fire trucks and ambulances on standby. He said it was a good landing “as far as belly landings go.”

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