Co-Pilot Owl Lands Inside Helicopter Fighting Creek Fire

Co-pilot owl lands inside helicopter fighting Creek Fire Photo Courtesy: Dan Alpiner / Sky Aviation


It’s odd to have an owl enter an aircraft. It’s unheard of to have it enter while the helo is in-flight.

“It’s an unexplainable and magical miracle for it to stay with you for several water drops, then leave just as it arrived – safe and unannounced,” said helicopter pilot Dan Alpiner.

Pilot Alpiner was flying water drops on the Creek Fire in Fresno/Madera counties in a UH-1 Huey Helicopter for Wyoming-based company Sky Aviation.

Alpiner said the owl flew into his aircraft while the helicopter was mid-flight, just flew inside, sat on the co-pilot’s chair for a long time, long enough for several water drops, before the bird flew off.

The story is making the rounds across the nation.

Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: