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Lifeguard Air Ambulance - Non-injury incident

Date: 1-3-2010 2010 PST

Program: Lifeguard Air Ambulance
	POB 2140 NE 25th Ave.
	Hillsboro, OR 97124

Type: Lear 36
Tail #: N361PJ
Operator/Vendor: Premier Jets

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilots, Medical Team. No injuries reported. Patient on board. 

	On Jan 3, 2010, at approximately 1745 local, N361PJ departed the
	Portland-Hillsboro airport (KHIO) with a patient and medical team on
	board.  When the pilots began to retract the landing gear, they heard
	a loud bang on the fuselage.  The pilots noticed nothing else in
	instrumentation or the flight characteristics of the aircraft, but
	decided to return to KHIO where they performed a fly by of the KHIO
	tower to check the gear.  All gear indications were normal and the
	aircraft landed without incident.  Upon inspection of the aircraft by
	maintenance personnel, it was discovered that the aircraft had
	encountered a bird strike to the port side of the aircraft.  There was
	damage to the port wing leading edge, port engine inlet and port pitot
	tube.  The aircraft was taken out of service. No injuries were
	encountered as a result of this incident.  The patient and medical
	team were transferred to another aircraft and the mission was
	completed without further incident.

Source: Michael Ahlgren, Program Manager

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