During the past century, wildlife-aircraft strikes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives worldwide, as well as billions of dollars in aircraft damage. The FAA maintains a comprehensive program to address wildlife hazards. Through policy and guidance, research and outreach, we strive to stay ahead of the issue.
- December 3, 2015: Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - November 2015 (PDF)
Details hundreds of examples from the FAA Wildlife Strike Database that show the serious impacts that strikes by birds or other wildlife can have on aircraft.
- August 12, 2015: Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2014 (PDF)
This report summarizes data from the National Wildlife Strike Database for the 25-year period 1990 through 2014. This analysis documents the progress being made in reducing damaging strikes for commercial aircraft but also shows the threat from aircraft collisions with wildlife is real and increasing.
Summary analysis of data from the National Wildlife Strike Database for the period 1990 through 2013.
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Wildlife Strike Reporting
- FAA's Wildlife Strike Database
Report a strike or explore the available strike data.
- Smithsonian Institution's Feather Lab
Learn how to submit bird remains for identification.
- Fact Sheet: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program
Wildlife Hazard Management at AirportsA Manual for Airport Personnel
Reports on Wildlife Strikes to Aircraft
- Trends in Reporting of Wildlife Strikes With Civil Aircraft and in Identification of Species Struck Under a Primarily Voluntary Reporting System, 1990-2013 (PDF)
- Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, 1990 - 2014 (PDF, 2.61 MB)
- Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - November 2015 (PDF) (Updated 12/3/2015)
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service / Wildlife Services.
Wildlife Hazard Assessments
- Use of USDA for Wildlife Hazard Assessment Studies (PDF)
- Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, June 2005 (PDF)
- AIP Eligibility for Wildlife Hazard Assessments (AIP Handbook, Table E-2, Planning Project Requirements) (PDF)
- Long and Short Templates for Wildlife Hazard Assessment Agreements (MS Word)