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Air Methods Kentucky - Non-injury incident

Date: 10/26/15 1550 EST

Program: Air Methods Kentucky
	P.O. Box 678
	Georgetown, KY  40324

Type: EC 130 B4
Tail #: N344AM
Operator/Vendor: Air Methods

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	Approximately four minutes in flight, responding to a scene call, the
	aircraft located at Bedford, Kentucky was traveling at approximately
	1,000 feet AGL.  The PIC noticed a large bird at approximately the
	same altitude and altered his course.  The bird, an American buzzard,
	also altered its course on a direct path to the aircraft.  The PIC
	banked the aircraft to try and prevent contact, but the bird flew
	directly under the rotor disc and entered the aircraft via the right
	rear greenhouse window. The flight paramedic, who was sitting in the
	right seat and wearing his helmet with the visor down, was struck in
	the head and face by the bird, along with pieces of the window and
	damaged interior.
	The PIC was in contact with our communications center at the time and
	elected to make a precautionary landing in a clear field that was
	directly ahead.  Once he had landed the aircraft safely and was
	secure, he and the flight nurse assessed the flight paramedic and
	found some minor injuries.  Fire, EMS, and police were notified and
	the flight paramedic was transported to the local hospital.  He was
	evaluated, treated and released with minor injuries.  
	All crew returned to the base and debriefed.  The communication center
	accurately activated the PAIP and full activation was completed
	through the corporate path and regional path.  
	The aircraft was subsequently removed from the field, via ground
	efforts, and taken to the program maintenance facility where it has
	undergone repair and should be returned to service on 11/20/15.

Additional Info: 
	The flight paramedic also evaluated this as a very good learning point
	as he had his helmet on and the visor down.  Without these safety
	devices he surmised that he would have had far worse injuries to his
	head and face and shows the importance of a helmet and the visors.

Source: Bryant Shumate  Regional Logistics Manager

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