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Bird strikes helicopter headed to St. Louis Children's Hospital

Bird strikes helicopter headed to St. Louis Children's Hospital

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A helicopter struck a bird, cracking the windshield, as the aircraft was landing early Sunday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The helicopter, which originated at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo., landed safely at about 12:30 a.m. and the patient and crew were not injured, according to Amy Connelly, a marketing manager at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The damaged helicopter remained on the hospital's helipad Sunday morning where repairs were made.  

Any flights to St. Louis Children's Hospital were to be diverted to nearby Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the meantime.

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Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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