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Bird strike leads to plane crashing at a Douglas County golf course

South Metro Fire Rescue said no one on board the aircraft was injured.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A plane crashed at a Douglas County golf course after striking at least one bird during take off Saturday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172S, had just taken off from Centennial Airport at 6:15 a.m. The small plane ended up on its roof at Meridian Golf Club, which is just south of the airport off of Lincoln Avenue and Oswego Street, a spokesperson for South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) said. Two people were on board of the aircraft and were not injured in the crash, fire officials said. No fuel was spilled from the plane in the crash either, SMFR said.

The pilot declared an emergency shortly after the bird strike and was not able to make it back to Centennial. The plane flipped onto its roof about 50 yards after it touched down at the golf course, SMFR said. The NTSB and FAA are investigating.

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