A PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N709PS performing flight AA-5320 from Charlotte,NC to Gulfport,MS (USA) with 44 passengers and 4 crew, departed Charlotte's runway 36C at 11:42L (16:42Z) and was in the initial climb when the crew reported they had heard a loud bang. The aircraft stopped the climb at 4000 feet. A runway inspection found a dead deer on the runway, the aircraft positioned for a low approach to runway 36R to have the gear inspected from the ground. Tower reported seeing all three gear in position, it appeared there was vapor coming off the right hand side. Another pilot reported the right hand engine appeared to be leaking. Emergency services readied for intervention. The aircraft climbed to 4000 feet, the crew advised they were planning to vacate the runway normally but would stop and evacuate if there was any observation of leaking fuel. The aircraft positioned for a full stop landing on runway 36R about 10 minutes after the low approach and 30 minutes after departure, vacated the runway via high speed turn off R, stopped after the hold short line and evacuated. Emergency services closed the runway and foamed the aircraft reporting a lot of fuel on the runway. The occupants exited the aircraft rapidly via the onboard stairs and were bussed to the terminal, there were no injuries. The aircraft sustained damage to the leading edge of the right hand wing.
Well, looks like it's time to re-evaluate the fence around the airport since it's not keeping deer out like it's supposed to. Personally, I just say build it higher. Glad no people were hurt, though I just hope it was quick for the deer.
The plane was already in the air,so let's say 150+ kts..I guess that was quick. Feel sad for that beautiful animal and mad,angry and so on because of the airport safety. There was much more luck then brain. Imagine this same incident with a ...let's say -737.
Also,when you consider there's a lot of airports in the mountainous areas,where a whole list of animals could reach the runway,like Grizzly,or way down in the south,something like an alligator. Time to wake-up.