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Plane flips over after crashing into deer at N.H. airport

The small plane went off the runway and flipped over.
The small plane went off the runway and flipped over.<a href="https://twitter.com/keenefire" shape="rect" title="twitter.com">Keene Fire Department</a>

A deer that wandered onto the runway at a New Hampshire airport was struck Wednesday morning by a landing airplane, causing the craft to flip over. The deer was killed, but the people aboard the plane were not injured, officials said.

The plane, a Vans RV-8 aircraft, veered off the runway at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene at about 9:45 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Two people who were on board escaped from the upside-down plane, said Keene Fire Chief Norm Skantze. They declined medical attention, he said.

The deer died instantly upon impact, Skantze said.

Dillant-Hopkins is about 1,000 acres in size and has two runways, according to the City of Keene website.

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The Swanzey Fire Department also responded to the crash, Skantze said.

There have been five crashes involving animals at the airport since 2000, according to the FAA wildlife strike database. Four were birds and one was a white tail deer.

A deer strike in 2009 resulted in substantial damage to the craft, according to the data base.

The FAA and the New Hampshire department of transportation will investigate the crash, Skantze said.


Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.