• U.S. military: Geese caused helicopter crash that killed Montour grad

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    PITTSBURGH - The U.S. military has determined that geese slammed into the windscreen of a helicopter being flown by local Air Force pilot Sean Ruane.

    The deadly crash happened in England in January.

    Officials said the helicopter was flying over a grass-covered marshland, and the birds were likely startled by the noise.

    Ruane was a graduate of Montour High School.  He was a husband, father and Pittsburgh sports enthusiast.

    “Sean always smiled.  He lit up a room when he walked into it,” said his aunt, Audrey Szucs, when Channel 11 talked to her in January.

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