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Large bird crashes into windshield of Miami-Dade Police helicopter, injures pilot

10:30 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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A large bird struck a Miami-Dade Police helicopter, crashed through the windshield and struck the pilot in the face.

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Florida (CBSMiami) - The pilot of a Miami-Dade police helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after a large bird crashed into the windshield. The pilot was injured in the collision.

The Eurocopter A Star was in flight when a bird struck the right front windshield around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The bird shattered the windshield and struck the police pilot in the face, causing minor lacerations.

The pilot managed to land the helicopter in a parking lot at the Snapper Creek Service Plaza near SW 120th Street and the Florida Turnpike.

The pilot, who was the only one on board, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

CBS 12 identifies the bird as a turkey vulture.

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