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Gator struck, killed by private plane on airport runway

Posted at 12:13 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 15:46:10-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Someone should have told the alligator to stay in the lake.

News outlets report that an airplane hit an 11-foot (4-meter) alligator that had wandered onto a runway at a small Florida airport, killing the reptile.

The reports say the alligator was killed at Orlando Executive Airport last week.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2rWlFP4) quotes airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell as saying there was some damage to the private plane and that wildlife officials reported the alligator to be 500 pounds (230 kilograms).

A trapper later removed the alligator's body.

The airport is located near downtown Orlando, and it is surrounded by several lakes.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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