Beech 200 King Air
New Braunfels, Texas/Injuries: 1 Serious
The pilot reported that the airplane was descending through 2,500 ft while about 200 knots when a single bird struck the upper left corner of the pilot-side windshield. The windshield was broken and cracked by the impact. The pilot was seriously injured by flying glass that ejected from the broken inner ply’s surface, which affected his vision. The passenger in the cabin moved up into the copilot’s seat, and while being instructed by the pilot, landed the airplane without further incident. The airplane sustained minor damage to the windshield. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
PROBABLE CAUSE(S): The airplane’s in-flight collision with a bird.
Note: The report republished here is from the NTSB and is printed verbatim and in its complete form.