19-May-17 N197LL Airbus EC145 Terre Haute, US-Indiana

While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated in the co-pilot seat at time of incident. The crew was in the cabin area, attending to patient care. No injuries were sustained from the incident and no additional aircraft damage was noted.

Flight program = Indiana University Health LifeLine

NOTE – report quotes operator as Metro Aviation, but this aircraft was re-registered to Air Methods in March 2017.

Date:
19 May, 2017
Reg:
N197LL
Make:
Eurocopter
Model:
EC145
MSN:
9141
Location:
Terre Haute - helicopter is based here. Exact location of precautionary landing not stated
Country:
US-Indiana
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Metro-Aviation

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