Bird Strike Hazards to Aircraft

Birds represent a serious, but often misunderstood, threat to aircraft. Most bird strikes do not result in any aircraft damage, but some bird strikes have led to serious accidents involving aircraft of every size. According to Birdstrike Committee USA, bird and other wildlife strikes to aircraft result in over $600 million in damage to US civil and military aviation each year. The lives of the crew and passegers are also at risk. Since 1988, over 200 people have been killed worldwide as a result of encounters with birds and other wildlife.

This site provides various links to information on bird and wildlife strike hazards, including details on the extent of the risk and insights into how these risks may be controlled.


Background information
Threat overview
Significant bird strike events
Top 10 things to know about bird strikes
Risk of a fatal jet transport bird strike accident in the US or Canada
Bird Strike Study from the AirSafe.com Foundation

Other Resources
Bird strike news
Severe bird strike to 737 windshield
Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
US Avian Hazard Advisory System
US Air Force - Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) unit
FAA-USDA report "Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in USA, 1990-2007"

Bird strike overview
Major strikes
Threat overview
Myths and facts
Risk estimate

US bird and wildlife databases
FAA Wildlife Strike Database

National and International bird strike Groups
Bird Strike Committee USA
Bird Strike Committee Canada
Bird Strike Committee Germany
Bird Strike Committee Italy
International Bird Strike Committee


Bird Strike North America Special

Below are links related to the presentation to the 2009 Bird Strike North America Conference in Victoria, Canada on 16 September 2009:

AirSafe.com Social Media Resources
Social Media's Role in Airline Safety
Ten Free Social Media Things You Can Do
Combining Twitter with a Blog and a Mailing List


Bird Strike News Articles

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Bird strike hazards to aircraft
http://www.airsafe.com/birds.htm -- Revised 24 December 2014