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Pigeons Cause Emergency Landing of Police Chopper

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

From ktla.com

Bird Crashes Through Police Chopper Canopy, Injures Pilot

Pilot taken to hospital with minor injuries.An El Monte police helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing.

KTLA News7:40 a.m. PST, November 24, 2010

BALDWIN PARK ( KTLA) — A law enforcement helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday evening after a pigeon flew through the aircraft’s canopy and hit the pilot in the face.

The El Monte Police Robinson two-seat helicopter was flying near Baldwin Park with the pilot and a passenger when it encountered a flock of pigeons.

One bird flew into the chopper’s canopy and struck the pilot in the face.

The injured pilot kept control of the helicopter, declared an emergency and managed to land in the field of Holland Junior High School in Baldwin Park.

Paramedics treated the pilot at the scene and took him to a local hospital with minor injuries. The name of the pilot is being withheld.

The passenger was uninjured.

El Monte Police operate 3 Robinson helicopters. El Monte’s helicopters patrol West Covina, Azusa, Irwindale, Baldwin Park, Montebello, and the Baldwin Park School District.

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