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Plane hits bald eagle en route to Gainesville Regional Airport

Published: Dec. 21, 2019 at 6:48 PM EST
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Alachua County fire rescue crews responded to an incident at the Gainesville Regional Airport after a pilot declared an emergency Saturday afternoon.

The pilot was flying a Cessna Centurion just five miles south of the airport when a bald eagle hit his plane and went through the windshield at 12:20 p.m according to a Gainesville Regional Airport spokesperson.

The spokesperson said details are forthcoming, but provided this statement:

"Our fire station responded and the pilot was able to land safely and get the aircraft back to its hangar."

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