Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States 1990-2008   [open pdf - 976KB]

Alternate Title: Federal Aviation Administration National Wildlife Strike Database Serial Report Number 15

"The dramatic 'forced landing' of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on 15 January 2009 after Canada geese were ingested in both engines on the Airbus 320 (National Transportation Safety Board 2009, Marra et al. 2009) dramatically demonstrated to the public at large that bird strikes are a serious aviation safety issue. Historically, this annual report was based on information from a portion of the available data fields contained in the National Wildlife Strike Database (i.e., annual reports from 1994-current). These reports provided summary information on the nature of wildlife strikes in a format that was found useful by the aviation industry. However, the National Wildlife Strike Database was made available by the FAA to the public on April 24, 2009 and interested parties now have the opportunity to query and examine the data independently. It is important to note that wildlife strike reporting is currently voluntary and un-even. Analyses of the database can produce dissimilar comparisons that involve subject matter such as airports and airlines. Future editions of this annual report will explore additional data summaries that involve all fields contained within the National Wildlife Strike Database. There continues to be a need for increased and more detailed reporting of information concerning wildlife strikes. Reported strikes have gradually increased each year since 1990 yet only 44% have provided information on the type of bird struck and only 28% of the reports identified the birds to species level."

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Federal Aviation Administration National Wildlife Strike Database Serial Report Number 15
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