On 22 November 2021, Leonardo AW169 air ambulance N307TC of STAR Flight (Travis County Emergency Medical Services) suffered a bird strike from a turkey vulture near Austin, Texas. The helicopter, which had six occupants, was inbound with a patient from Bastrop, Texas. As soon as the pilot noticed the vulture he maneuvered the aircraft to the left and started to descend in an attempt to avoid the vulture or minimize the severity of the impact location. However, within a couple of seconds after maneuvering the bird impacted the aircraft. After the strike the pilot could continue the flight and assured a safe landing with no injuries to the passengers and crew of the helicopter.
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This safe landing was guaranteed, not only by the pilot’s prompt actions, but also by the impact resistance LEXAN™ window installed by Isoclima which prevented the bird from entering the cockpit.
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