WASHINGTON (AP) _ A New York Air DC-9 jetliner struck and killed two deer at Washington Dulles International Airport but managed to land safely despite a flat tire and damaged wing flap, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA spokesman Dennis Feldman said none of the 32 passengers and five crew members on board Flight 141 was injured in the incident at 9 a.m. EDT Sunday and that most passengers apparently were not aware that anything had happened.

The plane, which was bound for New Orleans after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, was never in danger of crashing, said airline spokeswoman Diane Sinclitico, who was on board the flight.

A large deer population lives on the federally owned airport land, said Feldman. He said at times the number of deer has grown so large that airport employees have been given permission to hunt them.