Plane makes emergency landing after hitting deer

An American Airlines flight bound for Gulfport, Mississippi, had to make an emergency landing in North Carolina after striking a deer upon takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
1:36 | 02/16/17

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All right, now to a terrifying moment on an American airlines flight forced to make an emergency landing after hitting a deer during takeoff. ABC's David Kerley is in los Angeles with the story. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. The pilots didn't know they hit that deer but in flight they were leaking fuel as they were going along. As the American airlines commuter jet is speeding down the runway to take off for Dallas another pilot sees something. I have a deer crossing in front of the embraer. Reporter: Even the pilots don't realize exactly what happened. Did you hit something on the runway. No, we had a loud bang though we're coming back. Reporter: With jet fuel streaming out of its right wing it makes a quick return to the Charlotte airport for an emergency landing. On the ground the nearly 50 passengers and crew stream out of the jet and firefighters start pouring on foam. Passengers say the jet was making some strange noises. It was pretty loud. It didn't just sound like a street bump. It was like boom. All of a sudden you could hear the bong, bong, bong going in front. Reporter: The damage from the deer hit is clear on the right wing of the jet. While deer strikes on roadways are common there are 3,300 every day, there is less than one a week at an airport. But the more than 40 aircraft deer strikes a year on arage usually do result in damage to the aircraft like this one. And that damage is costly. In the last 25 years deer hits have actually cost aircraft damaged aircraft a total of nearly $60 million. Wow. David, thanks very much. Amy right here with today's

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