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Cessna 182 Strikes Deer During Landing

Sometimes, it just isn't your day. These pilots were planning on an uneventful landing at Magee Creek Airport, but a herd of deer had other plans.

Prior to landing, the pilots overflew the field to inspect the runway. But as they came back to land, deer started running across the runway as the pilots touched down in their Cessna 182. Unfortunately, it was too late for a go-around, and the deer strike caused damage to the propeller and the side of the aircraft. It's just another good reminder of how FOD can be dangerous both in the cockpit and on the runway.

We spoke with the pilot, and they said there was a 3" dent aft of the cowling, additional dents behind the door, and the deer impacted the prop, requiring an engine tear-down. Fortunately, everyone in the cockpit was OK.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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