Nascar

NASCAR folks trying to get to Daytona delayed by 'deer strike'

Most of the teams in NASCAR's three national touring series are based in Charlotte and while the majority of those teams have their own aircraft, a lot of NASCAR people still fly commercially.

But those trying to fly from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Daytona or Orlando or Jacksonville Wednesday got a rude surprise: Flights out of Charlotte-Douglas were briefly halted because of an accident involving an airplane taking off and striking a deer on the runway.

The good news is, the plane was able to land safely without incident.

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The bad news air traffic out of the airport was extensively delayed.

WATCH: Officials cleaning up after plane hits deer during take off at Charlotte-Douglas https://t.co/sWj9r5xkba pic.twitter.com/RDzNbSAq3u

— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) February 15, 2017

The aircraft has been removed from the airfield. Runway 18L-36R is open.

— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) February 15, 2017

Update: 18L-36R remains closed due to deer strike. Arrival and departure delays. Please contact your airline on status of your flight.

— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) February 15, 2017

Update: 18L-36R remains closed due to deer strike. Arrival and departure delays. Please contact your airline on status of your flight.

— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) February 15, 2017