Deer on runway causes small plane to swerve, flip at Guilford County airport

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Deer on a runway caused a landing small plane to leave the runway and flip in Guilford County Friday afternoon, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. at Southeast Greensboro Airport, located at 6334 Monnett Road near Climax.

According to the sheriff’s office, the pilot of a 1949 Cessna 120 was landing on the runway and saw a deer ran across the runway in front of the plane.

The pilot said he noticed several deer standing on the runway. He attempted to avoid colliding with the animals by going off the runway.

As the aircraft made contact with the grass, it pulled the plane into the brush where it flipped.

The accident caused a total loss of the aircraft, valued at $20,000.

The pilot, Timothy Yung Wei Yap, 20, of Chapel Hill, was not injured.

The FAA is investigating the crash.