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Pictures Tell Tale Of Cessna Birsdstrike

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A Cape Air Cessna 402C out of Barnstable Municipal Airport Wednesday for Nantucket returned to the airport after a red-throated loon crashed through the right windscreen, sending blood and bird fragments into the cabin and slightly injuring the flight's co-pilot. The flight's captain and four passengers were uninjured, though "they all got a little bit bloody from the bird splatter," airport manager Roland Breault told CapeCodOnline. The co-pilot suffered abrasions from the broken windscreen. The flight usually lasts less than about 20 minutes. Impact with the loon occurred roughly five minutes into the flight when the aircraft had reached the coast. The bird was identified from remains left in the cabin after the impact. Average weight for the red-throated loon is about four pounds.

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