Web Extra: Geese Brought Down Chopper in 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The preliminary cause of Sunday's medical helicopter crash that killed three people outside DeWitt could be the air ambulance striking geese.

If that is the case, it wouldn't be the first time we've seen something like this in Arkansas.

A bird struck an Arkansas hospital's helicopter back in 2009 tearing a hole into the aircraft's nose and prompting the pilot to land early. The chopper's pilot made a "safe landing" in Forrest City after hitting a bird while returning to Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.

Video footage taken by CNN affiliate WREG showed a bird hanging out of a hole torn into the paneling on the chopper's nose. Part of the helicopter's windshield also was broken.

The pilot was slightly injured during the landing, and the other two crew members on board were uninjured.

The incident came two days after a US Airways jetliner was forced to land in New York's Hudson River, apparently after striking a flock of birds. The pilot, C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger, landed the Airbus A320 in the Hudson, where all 155 people aboard were rescued.

(CNN Archives contributed to this report)

 


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