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Small plane hits deer, flips while trying to land at airport

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KNUTSFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: A young deer hides amongst the autumnal bracken at the National Trust's Dunham Massey park on October 17, 2012 in Knutsford, England. As summer draws to a close the cooler temperatures bring on the Autumn foliage colours. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane struck a deer and flipped over while landing at a New Hampshire airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Vans RV-8 aircraft went off the side of a runway after it struck the deer as it was landing at Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The two occupants got out safely.

The FAA says the plane departed from Boire Field in Nashua. The agency says it will investigate.

The airport property takes up about 1,000 acres and is surrounded by trees. The airport has two runways.

The airport’s manager and the Keene Fire Department didn’t immediately return phone messages seeking comment.