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 means of the bubble on the pilot’s aspect. Happily nobody was significantly injured.
The primary responders, Greenfield Township Volunteer Fireplace 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 correct vacation spot and one to evacuate the crash crew.
Two images equipped by Mary Brush at StatMedEvac Pittsburgh present the injury to the helicopter. On the best you may see the opening in pilot’s-side windshield.
It’s possible you’ll be shocked that Canada geese have been flying at night time however that is regular throughout fall migration. That night time in Erie County the wind was from the northwest, excellent for heading south.
Geese are usually not nocturnal birds however are recognized to fly at night time after they migrate south in Autumn. There are three principal 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 chicken crashes are uncommon these days as a result of plane are equipped with Pulselite gear that helps the birds visually find the plane. Pulselites additionally make it simpler for people to do the identical.
(Canada goose images from Wikimedia Commons, embedded Fb report from Greenfield Township VFC, helicopter images equipped by Mary Brush)