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.
Update on Available Data in the FAA National Wildlife Strike Database, as of May 17, 2018:
The FAA National Wildlife Strike Database currently includes wildlife strike reports through December 31, 2016.
The database does not currently include wildlife strike reports submitted via "paper" 5200-7 forms (Bird / Other Wildlife Strike Report) and Mandatory Occurrence Reports (MOR) supplied by the Air Traffic Organization from September 1, 2016, through the present date. The paper 5200-7 forms and MORs are being analyzed and will be incorporated into the database shortly.
The database also includes "triggering events" that were reported online for incident dates from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017. "Triggering events" are defined as incidents where: (1) birds are ingested, (2) more than one bird is struck, or (3) aircraft parts are damaged. In addition, the database includes incidents that had a negative effect on flight from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.
The remaining 2017-2018 wildlife strike reports will continue to be added to the database as they are processed.
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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.
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 - 2015 (PDF, 5.37 MB) (Added 12/16/2016)
- Some Significant Wildlife Strikes to Civil Aircraft in the United States, January 1990 - March 2018 (PDF) (Updated 03/06/18)
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service / Wildlife Services.
Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Management Plans
- 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)
- Part 139 Program Policy and Guidance Policy 92: Applicability of National Environmental Policy Act to Federal Aviation Administration Mandated Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (May 17, 2006) (PDF)