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Video: Moment seagull crashes through helicopter window

This seagull smashed through the window of a helicopter Photo:

This video shows the terrifying moment just after a seagull smashed through a helicopter windscreen over the skies of Bolton, causing the the aircraft to plummet 800ft and captain Phil Robinson to make a mayday call.

Phil, who was training Howard Stott, from Burnley, was able to safely landing at the City Airport in Eccles.

Gull lies in the cockpit Credit: Phil Robinson

The helicopter was at 1,500ft (457m) and they ended up at 700ft (213m) prompting the emergency call earlier this week.

The dead seagull Credit: Phil Robinson

The bird died and is now in a freezer at the airfield and they plan to stuff it and display it in their club room.