CRASH LANDING: Two eagles, locked in a mid-air territorial dispute, plummet to runway in Duluth

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The Bemidji Pioneer
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Mon, May 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

 <br />Two adult bald eagles locked talons in mid-air Sunday over Duluth International Airport and crashed to the ground when they couldn't separate. (Courtesy Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
Two adult bald eagles locked talons in mid-air Sunday over Duluth International Airport and crashed
to the ground when they couldn't separate. (Courtesy Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

DULUTH -- Two adult bald eagles made an unplanned landing on the tarmac at the Duluth International Airport on Sunday.

The two birds had locked talons in mid-air and couldn’t get separated before they crashed to the concrete, said Randy Hanzal, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Both birds survived the fall but remained entangled.

“Their talons were embedded in each other very deeply,” Hanzal said.

 

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