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Edited: 7/9/2014 1:23:21 PM
[quote]Investigators found "clear" evidence "bird strikes" caused a helicopter crash which killed four people. Capt Christopher Stover, Capt Sean Ruane, Tech Sgt Dale Mathews and Staff Sgt Afton Ponce died on a training mission near Cley, Norfolk, in January. They were in an HH-60G Pave Hawk, which was part of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. The Accident Investigation Branch says the geese strikes "rendered" both the pilot and co-pilot unconscious. The helicopter was flying 110ft (33m) above ground level at a speed of about 110 knots (126mph) just before the crash. In his report on the crash, Brig Gen Jon Norman said: "A flock of geese took flight from Cley Marshes, likely startled by the noise of the approaching helicopters, and struck the (helicopter). "At least three geese penetrated the windscreen." One goose, he said, also hit the aerial gunner, causing a loss of consciousness. Three seconds after the bird strike, the helicopter, which was one of two Pave Hawks on the moonlit training mission, crashed. "These four airmen were known to those they loved as brother, son, father, husband, sister, daughter, mother, wife, and friend," wrote Gen Norman. The report said the pilot had "followed the available guidance on bird hazards in the UK".[/quote] British Birds are lethal, first Seagul's and now Geese.

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