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Avera McKennan CareFlight - Non-injury incident

Date: 08/24/2015 0140 CDT

Program: Avera McKennan Careflight
	1325 S. Cliff Ave
	Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Type: EC 145
Tail #: N911MK
Operator/Vendor: Own Part 135

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

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

	On departure the aircraft struck a bird at 2500'MSL 4nm east of the
	helipad (2SD1). All systems indicated normal, however, the crew
	aborted the flight and returned to the helipad.  The aircraft was
	taken out of service, and inspected by the Director of Maintenance. No
	abnormalities or defects were noted and the aircraft was returned to

Additional Info: 
	The bird remains were not positively identified, however it is
	believed that the aircraft struck a Canada Goose.

Source: Dustin Douglas, Safety Manager

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