Turkey vulture crashes through helicopter windscreen

A turkey vulture collided with a news helicopter over Dolphin stadium before the Super Bowl. It crashed through the windscreen and landed on the lap of pilot Paul Appleton. The pilot maintained control while an 80 mph wind blew through the hole as he returned to the airport. After the helicopter landed, the bird flew out of the cockpit, landed across the street, rested for a while, then flew away. And all this, except for the actual collision, was caught on video.

The pilot now has a story to tell; I wonder if anyone will believe him if they don’t see the video?

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.