Wed, Jul 04, 2007
Animal Breaks Through Windshield
A 22 year-old pilot has lost an eye to a bird strike.
Carlos Willian Pereira Fraga was flying an unknown-type twin
engine aircraft for an air ambulance company, and had just dropped
off a patient in Campo de Marte in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was
headed to Jau, also in the state of Sao Paulo, with a doctor and a
nurse on board.
The aircraft struck a large flock of ravens Sunday while over
Jundiai, about 38 miles from Sao Paulo, according to Deutsche
One of the birds broke through the windshield and hit Fraga in
the face, knocking him unconscious. The aircraft was reportedly on
After several seconds, Fraga regained consciousness and was able
to land safely at Jundiai airport. He was transported to a local
hospital where doctors said two separate surgeries were performed
but they were unable to save the pilot's left eye.
The medical crew was not injured.
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