Published: Oct 19, 2010 3:37 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 19, 2010 12:37 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A single-engine airplane has landed safely in central Florida after hitting a deer during takeoff.

The plane flew for about an hour after takeoff Monday night, circling the airport while the pilot decided what to do. Officials said one wing was slightly damaged and the gear collapsed after the collision with the animal at Space Coast Regional Airport.

Rescue crews trained to handle airport emergencies monitored the landing. The plane titled a bit, scraping the left wing, but the pilot and passengers were not harmed.

The deer died near the runway, which is surrounded by a 9-foot fence.