Vulture crashes through medical chopper and hits pilot in chest

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

NOGALES, Ariz. – A vulture crashed into a medical helicopter and hit the pilot in the chest Tuesday afternoon.

Larry Tiffin with the Nogales International Airport confirmed the crash took place just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Tiffin said the helicopter was approximately two miles from the Nogales airport in Nogales, Ariz.

The vulture flew through the front window of the helicopter and hit the pilot in the chest.

The pilot and two other people on board reportedly did not suffer any injuries and the pilot was able to land the chopper safely.

The Bell 407 helicopter was headed from Tucson to Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales to pick up a patient when the bird
shattered the pilot's side of the front windshield.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.