Coast Guard chopper strikes bird, lands in parking lot of Target in Kemah

KEMAH, TX (KTRK) -- A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that struck a bird Thursday night made an emergency landing in the parking lot of a Target in Kemah.

The pilots landed around 8pm in the parking lot of a Target in the 200 block of Marina Bay Drive.

Authorities say the helicopter had just finished checking out possible damage of an unmanned platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It was flying back when it hit a bird and decided to land as a precaution. There's video of the emergency landing from motorsports Pearland, Texas.

Four people, including two pilots, were aboard the chopper and they're all OK.

The chopper will remain in the parking lot until Friday morning, when a crew is scheduled to check it out.
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