LifeFlight helicopter forced to land after hitting birds

Friday, September 11, 2009 | 2:53 p.m. CDT; updated 3:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 11, 2009

INDEPENDENCE — Jackson County authorities say a LifeFlight helicopter was forced to land early Friday morning after it ran into a flock of birds.

Officials say the helicopter was on its way to pick up a patient at 12:43 a.m. when it ran into the birds, which broke a window on the lower front of the aircraft. The helicopter landed safely in a field, and nobody on board was injured.

The helicopter is one of five operated by LifeFlight and is expected to be out of service while repairs are made.


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