1An Alaska Airlines flight struck and killed a deer while landing at the
Sonoma County Airport on Wednesday evening, an airline official confirmed.
The unusual deer collision occurred as the plane was landing but before it
hit the ground. The plane landed safely but the animal died.
Bobbie Egan, a spokeswoman with Alaska Airlines, said she was told the
passengers were “largely unaware of what happened.”
Flight 457 originated in Seattle and was making a stop in Santa Rosa before
heading to Los Angeles. The flight’s passengers were rerouted to other
Egan said the plane itself was thoroughly inspected and the only damage was
to the tires, which were replaced. The plane returned to service Thursday
Egan said she didn’t know why a deer was on the tarmac. Airport officials
couldn’t be reached for comment Friday night.