Plane kills deer during landing at California airport

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — An Alaska Airlines plane has struck and killed a deer while landing at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Saturday the deer apparently wandered into the planes’ path and was hit Wednesday.

Egan says the plane was scheduled to continue on to Los Angeles, but that flight was canceled so the aircraft could be inspected.

She says the Bombardier Q-400 turboprop was not damaged, but the tires were changed as a precaution.

Egan says the unusual incident led to the cancellation of two flights with 81 passengers, some of whom didn’t fly until the following day.