Coast Guard Crew Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strike

Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Evans, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue swimmer, prepares for a free fall deployment from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter east of Miami Beach on June 6, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Eric D. Woodall)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Evans, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue swimmer, prepares for a free fall deployment from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter east of Miami Beach on June 6, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Eric D. Woodall)

MIAMI — A bird strike forced a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to make an emergency landing in Miami on Thursday.

A Coast Guard statement said the bird hit the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter as it was on a routine flight near the southern side of Key Biscayne.

The agency said two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer were on board. No one was injured.

A damage assessment is being conducted to determine whether the helicopter can safely fly.

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