Bird Strike Forces Medical Helicopter Down - - Jackson, MS

Bird Strike Forces Medical Helicopter Down

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An Air Care medical helicopter from University Medical Center made what airport officials are calling a forced landing after a bird strike Thursday night. Five people were on board including a burn victim. We talked with Dirk Vanderleest of Jackson Evers International Airport.

"The bird strike we think took place around south of I-20. The pilot and four souls on board were actually heading to the Crossgates River Oaks Hospital to the Burn Center. The burn victim was from Wiggins that we do know. And the pilot did a fantastic job of landing the helicopter here at Jackson Evers. Was anybody injured, and was it a crash landing? Well it was what you call a forced landing obviously the extent to the helicopter the damage, the pilot he was the only one that was flying the helicopter at the time, had pretty significant injuries that we do know as a result of the bird strike and the damage to the helicopter. The pilot was transported to UMC", said Vanderleest.

There were five people on board the medical helicopter. The pilot, two medical attendants the burn victim and his wife.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on site Thursday night and will investigate the accident.

Vanderleest says the landing did not effect flights at the airport. There was no word late Thursday night on the pilot's condition or his identity.

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