A small airplane struck and killed two elk on a runway in Oregon.

The pilot, Todd Rudberg, and his passenger were coming in to land at the Nehalem Bay State Park airstrip along the Oregon coast when an elk ran out in front of him, according to Oregon State Police.


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Rudberg sped up the plane in an attempt to relaunch the plane and avoid hitting the large mammal, but was unsuccessful. The pane’s propeller and right side landing gear struck the elk. Moments later, a second elk ran in front of the plane and was struck by the left wing, OSP told Fox 12.

The plane spun around before coming to a stop. Both passengers were unharmed in the crash, but the single engine fixed-wing 2003 Vans Aircraft Model RV8 was totaled, Oregon Live reports.

The U.S. Federal Aviation closed the airstrip to investigate.


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A study of animal strikes found that 11 elk have been struck by aircrafts between 1990 and 2015, according to KTVZ.

In a statement obtained by Fox News, OSP said that a large quantity of elk meat was salvaged by the responding Fish and Wildlife troopers.


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