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Bird strike causes emergency landing of Minn. medical helicopter

The Mayo Clinic helicopter was transporting a patient when a bird struck the windshield

By Brian Todd

ROCHESTER, Minn. — One of Mayo Clinic’s air ambulances was forced to make an emergency landing during the evening on Friday, April 5, 2024, after a bird struck the helicopter’s windshield.

According to a statement from Mayo Clinic , the air ambulance was transporting one patient and a crew of four when a bird struck the windshield of the aircraft causing damage.

The helicopter landed at an athletic field in Plainview, Minnesota, as a precautionary measure, and “care continued uninterrupted until the patient was safely transported by ambulance to the receiving medical center,” according to the statement.

No one onboard the helicopter was injured due to the collision with the bird.

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