An American Coot Flew Through the DPD Helicopter's Windshield Last Night (Photos)

An American coot
An American coot

Dallas Police Department's Air 1 helicopter got an unexpected and unwanted guest last night. While the chopper was flying over Lake Ray Hubbard, a bird -- initially reported to be a duck but later confirmed to be an American coot -- flew through Air 1's windshield, shattering glass and injuring the pilot, Sergeant Todd Limerick.

The chopper's co-pilot, Senior Corporal Laurent Lespagbol was able to make an emergency landing near Dalrock Road and Interstate 30 despite the broken windshield.

The bird was not so lucky.

Temporary windshield repairs were made on site -- some with duct tape, which would be funnier if the bird with a death wish actually turned out to be a duck -- and the chopper was able to return to its hangar last night.

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