Jan. 14, Troy, Ala. / Learjet 60


At 13:45 central time, a Learjet LJ-60 struck two deer during landing and ran off the end of runway 7, seriously injuring the two pilots aboard. Witnesses said the airplane collided with the deer shortly after touchdown and continued down the runway with the brakes on. The aircraft departed the right side of the runway near the end, crossed a taxiway and hit a ditch, where it burst into flames. Rescuers were able to extricate the crew before the fire engulfed the cockpit. The pilot said the thrust reversers failed to operate when activated.


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