This is such a sad situation. I have only read the posts on page two of this thread, but It rings a bell with me.
I was born when my dad was in the Air force. He retired from Randolph AFB, near San Antonio TX. For a while we lived in a town named Schertz TX. which is very close to Randolph which is a fighter jet training center. There was always jets flying close to home. I have vivid memories of jets losing power due to birds getting caught in the jet engines on takeoff and the pilots making evasive maneuverer's to keep from hitting residential areas, then ejecting from the craft at the last minute to save their lives.
If this were the case with a helicopter at low altitudes on low speed, one can only imagine how fast things could happen when faced with a similar occurance.
These people who put their life at risk for the better of us all is hero's in my book.