How Dangerous Are Bird Strikes to Planes? Written 26 April 2023


An Airbus A330 of China Eastern behind a flock of birds at London Heathrow | Credit: NMOS332; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 2.0

The Washington Post reports that the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a database of airplane wildlife strikes, and 97% of the over 2,300 recorded in 2023 so far have been birds. The FAA website says, “Wildlife strikes with aircraft are increasing in the United States and elsewhere. Expanding wildlife populations, increases in number of aircraft movements, a trend toward faster and quieter aircraft, and outreach to the aviation community all have contributed to the observed increase in reported wildlife strikes.”
Full Story (Washington Post)