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Agusta A109C, N109TK

Date of occurrence: 05 July 2011

Summary:

While cruising at 150 kt at 750 ft agl a bird struck and shattered the left windshield. The commander, seated in the left seat, suffered minor injuries so the co-pilot took control and made a successful emergency landing. The Agusta A109C’s windshield is not designed to withstand bird strikes and the regulations do not require it to do so. The US National Transportation Safety Board has recommended to the US Federal Aviation Administration that the regulations covering helicopters of the Agusta A109C’s category should require a bird strike resistant windshield.

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Report name:
Agusta A109C, N109TK
Registration:
N109TK
Type:
Agusta A109C
Location:
Near Kew Bridge, London
Date of occurrence:
05 July 2011
Category:
Commercial Air Transport - Rotorcraft
Summary:

While cruising at 150 kt at 750 ft agl a bird struck and shattered the left windshield. The commander, seated in the left seat, suffered minor injuries so the co-pilot took control and made a successful emergency landing. The Agusta A109C’s windshield is not designed to withstand bird strikes and the regulations do not require it to do so. The US National Transportation Safety Board has recommended to the US Federal Aviation Administration that the regulations covering helicopters of the Agusta A109C’s category should require a bird strike resistant windshield.

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