Deer on Virginia runway leads to plane crash

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — A deer went onto the runaway at a Franklin-area airport Monday as a pilot was landing a plane — which led to a crash.

Virginia State Police say they were notified of the crash at Beverly Rose Municipal Airport around 2 p.m. Monday.

Police say the pilot of a single-engine plane steered onto the soft grass off the runway to avoid the deer, but the plane’s landing gear gave way.

This caused the nose to come into contact with the ground.

The FAA was alerted to the crash, but state police say the pilot was uninjured. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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