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    Bird Strike Derails Black Hawk Training Mission over South Carolina Lake

    Bird Strike Derails Black Hawk Training Mission over South Carolina Lake

    The four-person crew on a Black Hawk helicopter from McEntire National Guard in Hopkins was on a training mission over Lake Marion when an osprey shattered the windshield in early June, the National Guard reported Wednesday.

    “Bird!” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Painter said just before impact.

    In what a news release called a “heart-stopping moment,” the split-second warning allowed the commanding pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Henry Wallace, the time to make the copter climb.

    Wallace is a UH-60 standardization pilot with A Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment and was evaluating Painter on low-level combat maneuvers and a mock hurricane response.

    “There is no real emergency printed for this type of scenario,” Wallace said. “However, our first instinct was to look at the aircraft instruments. I was on the flight controls and as a crew, we determined we still had control.”

    The news release described a grisly scene with the dead bird lodged in the shattered window.

    “As I flew the aircraft, I had Mr. Painter monitor the instruments and cautions panel for any potential lights. Crew chiefs were busy scanning for nearby landing locations just in case the situation worsened as well as monitored our instruments,” Wallace said.

    He drew on the cohesiveness of the crew, which had just returned from a year-long deployment to Sinai.

    “We had worked well together and understood…

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