11/09/09 118 W, 1 I - + 7 - 15 Bird Strike Grounds Duke Medical Helicopter

WRAL reports that a chicken hawk brought down a Duke University Medical Center helicopter on Sunday. The aircraft was returning from Danville, VA, where it had picked up a patient. The bird flew into the tail and damaged the craft, which landed safely in a Yanceyville neighborhood. No one was injured, and a UNC Air Care helicopter was dispatched to continue the patient's flight. Also see this WFMY story, which includes additional photos and details about the neighbors reaction. Said Joyce Mitchell, who lives next door to Mae Long, who was in her kitchen at the time of the surprise landing, "that's a helicopter." Glad everyone's safe.

WRAL photo

how long is it going to be out of service
just wondering - 11/15/09 - 00:31

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