On 7 January 2014 a Sikorsky HH-60G Pavehawk operated by the US Air Force crashed during a low level training flight. Four US service personnel were tragically killed in this accident. On 9 July 2014 it was reported that the air accident investigation determined that the accident was caused by geese strikes which rendered both the pilot and co-pilot unconscious. The helicopter was flying 110ft (33m) above ground level at a speed of about 110 knots (126mph) just before the crash. A flock of geese took flight from Cley Marshes, likely startled by the noise of the approaching helicopter. At least three geese penetrated the windscreen of the helicopter. Hitting a bird during low level flight is a risk – even a relatively small bird such as a pigeon can cause significant damage. Three geese hitting the windscreen at 110 knots is catastrophic, so it is not surprising that such an impact incapacitated the crew, with tragic consequences. Irwin Mitchell is advising the family of a crew member killed in this incident. If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, please contact a member of the aviation team on 0800 056 4110. The team will be able to advise you on the accident, the relevant law and the parties who may be liable. Call us for a free initial consultation 0800 056 4110 Or we can call you back at a time of your choice Request a call back Phone lines open 24/7, 365 days a year Contact us today For a free initial consultation Freephone 0800 056 4110 Prefer not to call? Use our form Your name* Your email* Your phone number* How can we help?* Enquiry type Court Of Protection Crime & Investigations Divorce & Family Law Solicitors Employment Law Conveyancing & Property Solicitors Medical Negligence Claims Personal Injury Claims Protecting Your Rights Wills, Trusts & Estates Solicitors This data will only be used by Irwin Mitchell for processing your query and for no other purpose. Your Questions Answered When Can I Make A Claim? How Much Compensation Will I Be Awarded? How Will My Claim Be Progressed? How Much Will It Cost To Claim? How Often Do You Work With Referring Law Firms? Can You Take Over From My Current Lawyers?