Airplanes Colliding with Deer in Provo

Airplanes Colliding with Deer in Provo

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio If hitting a deer with a car was bad, imagine hitting one with an airplane. That's a problem being worked on at the Provo airport after a student pilot and a deer collided.

Propeller Damage
Propeller Damage

With the UVSC flight school at the Provo airport there's a lot of air traffic, but the problem appears to be on the ground. "UVSC has hit two deer in the last 10 years, and there's been two other deer strikes. So there's been a total of four," explained Mario Makidas, school flight instructor.

Makidas says the latest deer hit was a couple of weeks ago. The plane has $50,000 in damage, and the deer didn't make it. "And there is wildlife fencing, but they're still, somehow, getting in," he said.

Wing Damage
Wing Damage

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been asked to take care of the problem. There's also talk of adding more wildlife fencing, but Markidas says that could cost somewhere in the millions of dollars.

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