Subject: Bird strikes
Area of Concern: Flight Safety
Distribution: All Aviation Activities
Discussion: At approximately 1440 MST on May 12, 2018, a contractor owned and government operated Beech 200 King Air departed the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport in response to a fire located in southeast Arizona. The aircraft was dispatched as an Aerial Supervision Module (ASM) to provide aerial supervision and as a lead plane on the fire. On board the aircraft was the pilot and an Air Tactical Supervisor (AITS).