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Bird Strike Causes Precautionary Helicopter Landing In Yonkers Park

An aviation unit from the Westchester County Police Department made a precautionary landing in Coyne Park in Yonkers.
An aviation unit from the Westchester County Police Department made a precautionary landing in Coyne Park in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Westchester County Police helicopter made a precautionary stop in a Yonkers park earlier this month after crews feared they had struck a bird.

The police helicopter was apparently struck by a bird on Friday, June 9,, Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said on Monday, prompting the pilots to make a temporary stop in Coyne Park as a precaution.

Once they landed, members from the Aviation Unit checked the helicopter, determined there was no damage or resulting safety issue and took off.

O’Leary noted that the Yonkers Police Department was notified by the Aviation Unit of the precautionary landing and safeguarded the landing zone before the helicopter made its descent.

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