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About the FAA Wildlife Strike Database

The FAA Wildlife Strike Database contains records of reported wildlife strikes since 1990. Strike reporting is voluntary. Therefore, this database only represents the information we have received from airlines, airports, pilots, and other sources.

There are two ways to view information in the database:

  1. Do a quick search from the Search the Database page. You can export the results to Microsoft Excel.

  2. Download the complete FAA Wildlife Strike Database (ZIP) in Microsoft Access format and create your own queries.

Our search tool shows key information for each wildlife strike, including Date, Airport, Airline, Aircraft, and Species. To view all 94 fields (MS Excel) of information, you must download the complete FAA Wildlife Strike Database (ZIP). You can also visit the FAQ page for Frequently Asked Questions about wildlife strikes.

Quick Facts
  • The FAA has maintained a wildlife strike database since 1990.
  • There have been about 142,000 wildlife strikes with civil aircraft in USA between 1990 and 2013 (about 11,000 strikes at 650 airports in 2013).
  • 92% of the bird strikes to commercial aircraft occur at or below 3,500 ft AGL (above ground level).From 1990-2013, there were 21 strikes with commercial aircraft at heights from 20,000-31,300 feet AGL.
  • In 2012, 56% of the remains from reported strikes with civil aircraft in USA were identified to the species level and an additional 7% were identified to species group.
  • The reported costs for civil aircraft in USA totaled $639 million for the 23-year period, 1990 to 2012.

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