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Plane Hits Deer at Airport

March 21st, 2009 by

029Just before 10 o’clock, Friday night, Jim Metzger, of Washougal, WA, was attempting to land his Flight Commander aircraft at the Monticello Airport, when the plane struck a deer in the run way.

Monticello Police immediately responded to the call, and James Barnett, the airport manager arrived soon thereafter.

Shortly after the collision, another aircraft was approaching, and landed on the un-blocked runway, while the police officers vehicles marked off the crippled airplane.

046Damage to the plane seems to have been limited to the front landing gear area.

The un-injured pilot of the wrecked plane told everyone at the airport office that he gives all credit for his safety to the Lord.

Metzger was on a business trip, and was delivering the plane to an aircraft maintenance training school. He. told MonticelloLive, “This was expected to be the plane’s next to last flight.”,

In cases like this, the FAA and U.S. Customs also must bee notified,

The plane was removed from the runway and the airport was re-opened at 11 p.m.

The airport commission is in the process of completing the safety fence around the entire airport to prevent events like Friday night’s from occurring.

6 Responses to “Plane Hits Deer at Airport”

  1. 911dispatcher says:

    Very glad the pilot was ok and so thankful the Monticello PD officers and Mr. James Barnett got there and were able to light up the runway etc to get everything safe for the 2nd plane to land before something worse happened.

    Only in Monticello!!!

    Gosh what an exciting night in this little town.

    Thank you Joe for the awesome work you do on Monticello Live to keep the town informed of what is going on.

  2. visitor says:

    That’s a headline I thought I would never read! Still, I’m glad it wasn’t any worse.

  3. rye viewer says:

    Not making light of the situation…Only in Arkansas can you hit a deer in a plane!

  4. OMG!! says:

    Ok because no one was hurt, I can say that is too funny. Where else can you hit a deer with a plane…OHH Isn’t that a “Here’s your sign” Bill Engvall joke? LOL

  5. Nan Carter says:

    You bet there’s a sign from Bill Engvall! Like they said.. Only in Arkansas can that be done.. THIS IS TOO FUNNY!!!

  6. Preston says:

    this is the most funniest thing i herd in a while ther right only in arkanasa can that happen

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