Eagle hit by plane at Norfolk International Airport

Norfolk International Airport (Image courtesy of www.Virginia.org)
Norfolk International Airport (Image courtesy of www.Virginia.org)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An eagle was hit by a plane landing at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday morning.

According to Robert Bowen with the Norfolk Airport Authority, the eagle was hit by an Air Wisconsin regional jet, which was flying for US Airways Express. Bowen said the eagle was hit by the aircraft’s landing gear.

The plane landed safely and no one was hurt. Bowen said there was no apparent damage to the aircraft, but it was inspected by mechanics.

According to Bowen, the airport does have a wildlife hazard management plan, which aims to remove wildlife from the area. There have been four incidents similar to this one, with the last incident occurring in April 2011.

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