Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dallas police chopper lands safely after hitting American Coot

DALLAS — A Dallas Police Department helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Monday night after hitting a bird over Lake Ray Hubbard.

Police spokesman Maj. Max Geron said the pilot suffered minor injuries when the windshield shattered on impact when it struck an American Coot, a duck-like waterfowl also known as a mud hen.

The co-pilot was able to safely land the aircraft and the pilot was taken to Baylor University Medical Center for treatment of cuts to the face and arms.

Air One had been deployed to search for a boater whose craft had capsized, police said. The boater was safely rescued.

A mechanic was dispatched to the scene for a temporary fix, and the co-pilot later flew the helicopter back to base for a permanent repair.

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