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Univerisity Of Utah AirMed - Non-injury incident

Date: 3/26/2010 2117 MST

Program: Univerisity Of Utah AirMed
	50 N. Medical Dr.
	Salt Lake City, UT 85132

Type: Bell 407
Tail #: 407 UH
Operator/Vendor: AirMethods

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	The aircraft departed a satellite base at 2115 for return to the SLC
	hangar. Approximately 2 minutes after takeoff while in level cruise
	NVG flight at 5,500'MSL (approx 1000'AGL) the aircraft flew through a
	flock of small birds. A "thud" was heard and a rush of air felt by the
	pilot as the windscreen shattered. There were no obvious injuries to
	pilot or crew. The aircraft performance and controllability remained
	normal and no limits were exceeded. The co-pilot?s side window was
	undamaged, which allowed for suitable forward viewing. The decision
	was made to return to the base due to proximity and suitable landing
	pad. The AirMed Flight Center was notified of the situation and
	intentions. The aircraft landed at 2119 without further incident.

Additional Info: 
	The aircraft was inspected by the mechanics, and the windshield was
	replaced. The aircraft was returned to service. 

Source: Rob Stantus, Program Manager

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