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Pigeon Strikes Police Helicopter Pilot In Face

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BALDWIN PARK, Calif. — A pigeon crashed through the windshield of a California police helicopter and slammed into the pilot's face.

The pilot of the El Monte police helicopter, a Robinson model R-44, was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday evening at Holland Middle School in Baldwin Park. The helicopter patrols both San Gabriel Valley communities east of Los Angeles.

El Monte police Lt. Robert Roach told City News Service that the pilot had minor injuries and he was released after treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. The name of the pilot is being withheld.

The pilot and another police officer on the helicopter were responding to a robbery call when the pigeon crashed through the windshield.

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