U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


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Wright, S.E. and R.A. Dolbeer. 2000. Wildlife strikes: a growing and costly Problem for civil aviation in the USA. Pages 35-52 in Proceedings of the 45th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (San Antonio, TX, April 25-27, 2000).


Wildlife strikes, defined as aircraft collisions with birds or other animals, are a serious safety and economic concern in the USA and elsewhere. Liability issues related to wildlife strikes are also growing for airports and aircraft operators. In this paper, we will give examples of some significant strikes, show trends in wildlife strikes, explain why the strike problem is an increasing concern and discuss what actions can be taken to reduce and prevent strikes.