19 October 2022
On 7 October 2022 a STAT Medevac helicopter needed to make an emergency touchdown in Greenfield Township in Erie County, PA as a result of it hit a flock of geese. One of many geese crashed by the bubble on the pilot’s aspect. Thankfully nobody was critically injured.
The primary responders, Greenfield Township Volunteer Hearth Firm, posted this report on Fb. Two extra helicopters got here to assistance from the primary one: One to take the affected person to the right vacation spot and one to evacuate the crash crew.
Two photographs provided by Mary Brush at StatMedEvac Pittsburgh present the injury to the helicopter. On the fitting you may see the opening in pilot’s-side windshield.
You might be shocked that Canada geese had been flying at evening however that is regular throughout fall migration. That evening in Erie County the wind was from the northwest, good for heading south.
Geese usually are not nocturnal birds however are recognized to fly at evening once they migrate south in autumn. There are three fundamental causes behind their nightly migratory routine: to flee their diurnal predators, to keep away from thermal interruption, and to learn from the cooler winds of nighttime.
Nighttime hen crashes are uncommon these days as a result of plane are provided with Pulselite tools that helps the birds visually find the plane. Pulselites additionally make it simpler for people to do the identical.
(Canada goose photographs from Wikimedia Commons, embedded Fb report from Greenfield Township VFC, helicopter photographs by Greenfield Township VFC provided by Mary Brush)