A small jet landing at Medford's airport struck a coyote, killing it. The jet was undamaged. Airport Director Bern Case said passengers...

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A small jet landing at Medford’s airport struck a coyote, killing it. The jet was undamaged.

Airport Director Bern Case said passengers on the flight from Las Vegas may not have noticed the impact about 2 a.m. Monday. It was a US Airways flight operated by Mesa Airlines.

“We have wildlife issues all the time, but this is the first I’ve ever heard of a coyote strike,” Case said.

The Medford airport is fenced against wildlife, Case said, but rabbits are plentiful on the airfield.

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He said the coyote could have gotten into the airfield by swimming a creek that crosses the fence, and it might have been disoriented by stormy weather.

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