Friday, June 20, 2014

Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, N99PN: Accident occurred June 20, 2014 at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL) , Florida

Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, Haven Aero LLC, N99PN: 

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two passengers on a twin-engine plane were injured when a bird struck the plane as the aircraft was preparing to land at Orlando Executive Airport. 

Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo was told that there were seven people on the Piper Navajo when the bird struck the plane, shattered the windshield and shot inside the cockpit.

The flight originated in the Bahamas and was a few miles from the airport, on final approach, when the unknown type of bird hit the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said two passengers on the plane were hurt in the incident.

The aircraft was back at the maintenance hangar where it was towed shortly after landing around 1 p.m. Thursday.

A large bloodstain from the bird could be seen above the passenger side window.

The injured passengers refused medical treatment by paramedics who rushed to the scene.

According to the FAA, the plane was about 2 miles away from Orlando Executive Airport on final approach.

The pilot and owner of the plane did not comment on the frightening ordeal.

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A bird struck a twin engine plane flying into Orlando Executive Airport and injured two people Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Piper PA-31 was on final approach around 12:45 p.m. when the collision happened.

The bird strike shattered a cockpit window and blood was visible on the plane’s fuselage.

The aircraft landed safely, according to the FAA.

Images from a news helicopter showed paramedics treating two people on the ground. One was the pilot who did not want to be transported to the hospital.

The injuries were not life threatening.


Plane bound for Orlando Executive hit by bird, injuring passenger

A passenger on a twin-engine plane was hurt when a bird crashed into the windshield as the craft approached Orlando Executive Airport on Friday afternoon, officials said.

According to Greater Orlando Aviation Authority spokesman Rod Johnson, the Piper Navajo aircraft flying into Orlando from the Bahamas was approaching the airport just before 1 p.m., when it collided with a bird, likely over Forsyth Road. The windshield caved in, injuring a passenger, one of seven people aboard the plane, Johnson said.

The plane landed safely and the passenger was treated, but declined to be taken to a hospital, Johnson said.


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