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 way of the bubble on the pilot’s aspect. Happily nobody was critically injured.
The primary responders, Greenfield Township Volunteer Fireplace Firm, posted this report on Fb. Two extra helicopters got here to the help of the primary one — one to take the affected person to the correct vacation spot and one to evacuate the crash crew.
Two images provided by Mary Brush at StatMedEvac Pittsburgh present the harm to the helicopter. On the best you possibly can see the outlet in pilot’s-side windshield.
It’s possible you’ll be stunned that Canada geese had been flying at night time however that is regular throughout fall migration. That night time in Erie County the wind was from the northwest, good for heading south.
Geese usually are not nocturnal birds however are identified to fly at night time after they migrate south in Autumn. There are three primary causes behind their nightly migratory routine: to flee their diurnal predators, to keep away from thermal interruption, and to profit from the cooler winds of nighttime
— Sonoma Birding: Why Do Geese Fly at Evening?
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 images from Wikimedia Commons, embedded Fb report from Greenfield Township VFC, helicopter images provided by Mary Brush)