PSA Airlines Flight 5320

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The incident aircraft, pictured in 2008 in US Airways Express livery
DateFebruary 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)
SummaryDeer strike on takeoff
SiteCharlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina
35°12′50″N 080°56′35″W / 35.21389°N 80.94306°W / 35.21389; -80.94306Coordinates: 35°12′50″N 080°56′35″W / 35.21389°N 80.94306°W / 35.21389; -80.94306
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Aircraft typeBombardier CRJ700
OperatorPSA Airlines for American Eagle
Flight originCharlotte Douglas International Airport
DestinationGulfport–Biloxi International Airport
Survivors48 (all)

American Eagle Flight 5320, operated by PSA Airlines, was a regularly scheduled regional passenger flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport on 15 February 2017. During takeoff, the flight struck a deer on the runway.[1]


The Bombardier CRJ700 operating the flight struck a deer while taking off from runway 36C at 11:42 AM local time. The deer hit the right wing's leading edge, causing a fuel leak.[2] The flight made a low pass over runway 36R for the landing gear to be inspected before landing. The aircraft landed at approximately 12:15 PM on runway 36R, where airport firefighters sprayed the plane with foam due to the leaking fuel. The aircraft was evacuated successfully with no injuries to the 44 passengers and 4 crew members onboard.[3]

History and response[edit]

Deer sightings on the airfield had decreased before the incident, from 70 in 2015 to 2 in 2016,[4] and no holes were found in the perimeter fence after the incident. Partially in response to the incident, and in response to previous security breaches of the airport's perimeter fence,[5] the airport operator proposed increasing the height of the fence to 10 feet and adding intrusion detection technology.[6] There had been previous deer strikes at Charlotte before Flight 5320: on 19 October 2010, US Airways Flight 1950, a Boeing 737 arriving from Miami, struck multiple deer on runway 36C, with no significant damage or injuries.[7]


  1. "Plane hits deer on takeoff at Charlotte airport, forcing emergency landing". 2017-02-15. Archived from the original on 2018-12-27.
  2. "Incident: PSA CRJ7 at Charlotte on Feb 15th 2017, deer strike on departure". 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  3. "Plane hits deer while taking off from Charlotte-Douglas Airport". WJZY. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  4. "Officials Say No Opening In Fence Found After Plane Hits Deer At Charlotte Douglas International Airport". WCCB Charlotte. 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  5. "AP investigation: 6 Charlotte airport perimeter breaches". WCNC. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  6. Hanson, Blake (2017-07-27). "Plane Hits Deer: 44 Passengers Evacuated After Emergency Landing in Charlotte". WSOC. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  7. "Jet Hits Deer on Runway During Landing". ABC News. 2010-10-19. Archived from the original on 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2018-12-28.

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