Airplane Collides With Deer

A single-engine plane overturned after striking a deer during takeoff in south-central Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot was trying to take off from the Kingman Airport late Monday when the deer ran in front of his plane. The patrol says the deer hit the plane’s front tire, tearing it off and causing the plane to overturn.

The pilot was treated for minor injuries at an area medical center.

There have been about 33 animal strikes at Kansas airports in the last year, and all but one has involved birds. The only other deer strike was last August at Forbes Field in Topeka.

Associated Press information from: KAKE-TV