RECENT BIRDSTRIKES

Strikes occur around the world almost every day. Over 600 aircraft have been lost and countless billions of damage and delays have occurred. Whilst the majority of strikes result in little or no damage, a selection of strikes since 2013 are included below with links to video's, costs and delays not uncommonly associated with these events.

Mattala, Sri Lanka. Jan 2020; B777 suffers strike on landing and departure at diversion airport.

New Braunswick, USA. Nov 2019; Pilot lands plane after windshield ingestion.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Oct 2019; Multiple goose strike without damage but aircraft returns to base.

En route. Russia. Oct 2019; video of birdstrike at altitude

Maryland, USA. Oct 2019; Bird strike grounds Navy ‘doomsday’ aircraft

Dhaka, Bangladesh. Oct 2019: 18.5  hour delay following birdstrike

Moscow, Russia. Aug 2019; Catastrophic Airliner Crash following Gull Strike on Take-off

New Orleans, USA. July 2019; Even a small dent delays a big aircraft

US Airbase, Japan. May 2019; Millions of damage caused by birdstrike to stealth fighter jet.

Avalon, Australia. Mar 2019; Video clip showing C17 abort take-off.

Shetland, UK. Mar 2019; Replacement aircraft summonsed following bird strike.

Karachi, Pakistan. Feb 2019; Diversion and nose cone damage sustained following bird strike

Delhi, India. Jan 2019; Investigation confirms how close near catastrophic strike was.

Sarasota, USA. Dec 2018; Fuel dump required for safe return after non-damaging strike.

Portland, USA. Nov 2018; Even a reported birdstrike with no damage returns flight.

Kigali, Rwanda. Oct 2018; Flight cancellation caused by birdstrike

Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2018; Nordica flight still on ground 50 hours after birdstrike.

Arizona, USA. May 2018; Helicopter damaged by birdstrike and out of service.

Whanganui, New Zealand. April 2018; Engine 'knocked out' on take off by birdstrike

Murcia, Spain. March 2018; Double engine ingestion and fire forces rejected take-off.

 

India. Jan 2018; 1000 strikes and fines for leaving birds near airports.

Frankfurt, Germany. Dec 2017; In flight video of engine ingestion.

St Petersbury, Russia. Dec 2017; Huge nose cone hole following birdstrike.

Sacramento, USA. Dec 2017; Twin engined multiple goose strike at 1000'.

Dulles, USA. Nov 2017; Emergency landing despite no damage.

Tokyo, Japan. Sep 2017. Flame out of engine following strike

Iowa, USA. Apr 2017; Helicopter forced landing after striking bird in flight.

Sri Lankan airways. Mar 2017; Mid flight birdstrike results in windshield cracking.

Muscat, Oman. Mar 2017; Bad weather diversion followed by birdstrike. Factors result in significant delays for A380

 

Curacao, Curacao. Jan 2017; Fuel dump required to ensure safe landing.

 

Portland, USA. Oct 2016; Substantial engine damage after aborted take-off.

 

Dubai, UAE. Sep 2016; Safe landing but aircraft unfit for take-off following birdstrike

Gibraltar, Europe. Jun 2016; Aborted take-off - aircraft still grounded after 29hours.

 

Washington, USA. May 2016; In-flight engine shut down and emergency return following birdstrike.

Seattle, USA. Apr 2016; 150 people on board as birdstrike again destroys radome.

 

Key West, USA. Apr 2016; Embraer 175 looses engine to birdstrike

 

London, England. Mar 2016; Nocturnal strike over southern England destroys radome

 

Karachi, Pakistan. Feb 2016; Minimum 15 hour grounding after birdstrike

 

Hosea Kutaka, Namibia. Jan 2016; Aircraft fuselage holed on approach


Amsterdam, Netherlands. Jan 2016; 747 fuel dump and engine replacement after departure strike

 

Islamabad, Pakistan. Dec 2015; Pakistan Airliner strikes bird on windshield - long delays for passengers

 

Sacramento, USA. Nov 2015; Birdstrike forces engine shut down and emergency return.

 

Czech pilot. Oct 2015; NATO operation narrowly avoids catastrophe - birdstrike misses windshield; video review

 

Curacao, Caribbean. July 2015; 747 grounded after birdstrike causes engine damage - all passengers put up in hotels

 

Alaska, USA. July 2015; Precautionary landing of Cargo 747 as a 'common occurrence'

 

Athens, Greece. May 2015; Engine shutdown, aircraft returns after after thunderstorm avoidance and warnings of altitude.

 

Incheon, Korea. Apr 2015; 13 hour delay following non-damaging birdstrike

 

Beirut, Lebanon. Mar 2015; Migration event forces engine failure shortly after take-off

 

New York, USA. Mar 2015; Goose strike takes aircraft out of service.

 

York, England. Feb 2015; Light aircraft overturns after birdstrike on landing.

 

Miracle on the Hudon, Jan 2015; Six years on a BBC Documentary discusses the event

 

Sacramento, USA. Jan 2015; Engine shutdown at 5000'

 

Aalborg, Denmark. Dec 2014: Twin engine birdstrike on final approach

 

Surat, India. Nov 2014: 737 strikes Buffalo on take-off.

 

Denver, USA. Nov 2014: Precautionary landing of helicopter in city park after birdstrike

 

New York, USA. Oct 2014: Replacement aircraft needed after birdstrike on departure.

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sept 2014: PAN PAN PAN aircraft grounded with damage to wing and engine

 

Zurich, Switzerland. Sept 2014: Birdstrike forces aircraft to return to Zurich.

 

Istanbul, Turkey. August 2014: Multiple large birdstrikes yet aircraft continues flight safely.

 

Girona, Spain, July 2014; Multiple gull strike causes airliner damage on landing

 

Moruya, Australia, July 2014; Birdstrike causes ultralight aircraft fatalities?

 

Auckland, New Zealand, July 2014; Airport temporarily closed following birdstrike

 

Cley, England, Jan 2014; Helicopter fatalities caused by geese

 

JFK, USA, May 2014; Geese damage wings and engine

 

Taijuan, China, May 2014; 10 hour delay, cancelled flight and destroyed radome following birdstrike

 

Las Vegas, USA April 2014; Bee strike forces overweight landing with 160 passengers on board

 

Swansea, England March 2014; Light aircraft crash lands and flips over after striking birds

 

Incheon, Korea March 2014; 170 passengers wait nearly 2 hours before birdstrike damaged aircraft safe to return to land

 

Hefei, China February 2014; 2 aircraft forced to return to airports following birdstrikes in one week

 

Illinois January 2014; Canada Goose strike through a Cessna Window

 

Boston December 2013; Turboprop brought back after striking Snow Buntings (30-46g)

 

Phillipines December 2013; broken fan blades and aircraft out of action

 

Phuket December 2013; delays and inspections; aircraft returned.

 

St Louis December 2013; emergency landing

 

 

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