Plane Hits Deer at AirportMarch 21st, 2009 by Joe Burgess
Just 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.
Damage 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.
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