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LifeFlight Eagle - Non-injury incident

Date: 11SEP09 00:48 CEN

Program: LifeFlight Eagle
	500 NW Richards Road
	Kansas City, MO 64116

Type: Bell 407
Tail #: N720PH
Operator/Vendor: Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	Upon climb out of Blue Springs, Mo. going to 2,500 MSL, encountered
	flock of birds at approximately 2,300 MSL. The co-pilot chin bubble
	was broken out and a precautionary landing was made without incident.
	PAIP activated for precautionary landing and management and
	maintenance notified accordingly. Aircraft expected to be out of
	service through Saturday, 9-12-2009, while repairs are completed.

Additional Info: 
	Pilot and nurse operating under NVG. The pilot had just come off of
	looking under the goggles while checking gauges and back to goggles
	when the birds were encountered. Effective crew resource management
	was noted during the debrief. 

Source: Dick Whipple, Director, Program Operations

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