Preliminary report: Pilot lands after bird shatters windshield

 - December 29, 2009, 8:33 AM

Hawker Beechcraft C99, Show Low, Ariz., Nov. 4, 2009–The twin turboprop suffered a birdstrike while inbound to Show Low Regional Airport. According to the pilot, at an altitude of approximately 11,000 feet msl a bird penetrated the windshield, leaving a football-size hole and showering the cockpit with blood, bird parts
and windshield fragments. The pilot continued his approach to the airport and landed safely despite a nearly opaque windshield and cockpit wind noise that drowned out communications. The pilot suffered minor injuries in the incident.