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Air Force cites bird strikes in crash that killed Capt Stover

first_imgSeveral waterfowl that smashed through a helicopter windscreen caused the crash that killed Capt. Christopher Stover of Vancouver and three other Air Force personnel on Jan. 7.Stover, a 2004 graduate of Evergreen High School, was piloting the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on a search-and-rescue training flight along the English coast when it crashed.In a report issued last week, Air Force investigators determined that multiple bird strikes caused the crash of what they called the “mishap aircraft” or MA.“At least three geese penetrated the windscreen of the MA, struck the mishap pilot and mishap co-pilot, rendering them unconscious and thus unable to control the MA. Additionally, at least one goose impacted the front” of the helicopter, disabling its trim and flight path stabilization systems.Three seconds after being struck by the birds, the helicopter hit the ground, killing all four members of the crew, which also included co-pilot Capt. Sean Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale Mathews and Staff Sgt. Afton Ponce. The airmen were with the U.S. Air Force’s 56th Rescue Squadron, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England.last_img read more

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Stacie McNulty Embodies the Spirit of the Public Service Pro Bono Award

first_img Lost your password? Username Password Remember mecenter_img Stacie McNulty is a highly-respected authority on intellectual property. Her observations on the subject have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. But her long-standing commitment to programs dealing with HIV and other public health issues commands something close to awe. As a result, she’s a finalist in the upcoming Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Details in The Texas Lawbook.You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

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