Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - November 2009   [open pdf - 443KB]

"The U.S. [United States] Department of Agriculture, through an interagency agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration, compiles a database of all reported wildlife strikes to U.S. civil aircraft and to foreign carriers experiencing strikes in the USA. We have compiled over 89,700 strike reports from 1,476 USA airports and 211 foreign airports for January 1990 through December 2008 (7,516 strikes in 2008), but estimate that this represents only about 39% of the strikes that have occurred. The following examples from the database are presented to show the serious impacts that strikes by birds or other wildlife can have on aircraft. These examples, from throughout the USA, demonstrate the widespread and diverse nature of the problem. The examples are not intended to highlight or criticize individual airports because strikes have occurred on almost every airport in the USA. Many of the strike examples reported here occurred off airport property during approach or departure."

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