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Tour Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

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A Grand Canyon-bound tour helicopter from Las Vegas made an emergency landing at Lake Mead yesterday after a large bird crashing into the windshield. The pilot suffered a face laceration, but there no injuries to the six tourists from London aboard. The Cormorant bird strike happened around 5:40 p.m. as the helicopter was over the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Bird strikes became a major media focus earlier this year when one caused a US Airways plane to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Also, a sightseeing helicopter and small plane collided over the same river last Saturday leaving several people dead.

Yesterday: Lawndale Man Presumed Drowned in Lake Mohave