Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2001 Issue

Dec. 6, Charleston, W.V. / Embraer 120

At 20:38 eastern time, an Embraer 120RT operating as Atlantic Southeast Airways flight 71 struck two deer just after landing at Yeager Airport. One passenger was seriously injured when the tip of one of the right propeller blades punctured the fuselage. The captain said the airplane hit two deer within seconds of landing. One of the deer was hit by the nose gear, the other by the right propeller. The separated chunk of one of the propeller blades was about four inches long and three inches wide....

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