Small Bird

Small Bird.
September 4, 2013 - Small bird impacts inlet cover for generator on a EuroCopter EC 135 P2+ Rotorcraft near Tyler Texas during climb at approximately 700 ft AGL and 70 Knots (Nmhr). No damage was incurred.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan.
The remains of a tundra swan that was struck at night between New York and DC during a flight. The aircraft is a CRJ-700 and damage was sustained to the vertical stabilizer.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan.
The remains of a tundra swan that was struck at night between New York and DC during a flight. The aircraft is a CRJ-700 and damage was sustained to the vertical stabilizer.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan.
The remains of a tundra swan that was struck at night between New York and DC during a flight. The aircraft is a CRJ-700 and damage was sustained to the vertical stabilizer.

Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk.

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle.

Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Blue Heron Strike - May 18th, 2011

Blue Heron.
Boeing 737 hits a Blue Heron on final approach on May 18th, 2011.

Canada Geese - January 27th, 2011

Canada Geese.
737-300 strikes Canada geese while climbing at 800ft. Daytime. Ingestion. Number 2 engine sustained severe damage. A/C returned to airport. $750,000 in damage. 36 hrs out of service.

Eagle Strikes PA-24 Comanche

Eagle Strike, PA-24 Comanche, Near Middlefield, OH, April 11, 2010.
April 11, 2010 a privately owned PA-24 Comanche airplane was struck by a bald eagle near Middlefield, OH during descent. Minor injuries were sustained by both the pilot and a passenger. The pilot was able to safely land the airplane at Geauga County Airport (7GB). Damage to dashboard.

Eagle Strikes PA-24 Comanche

Eagle Strike, PA-24 Comanche, Near Middlefield, OH, April 11, 2010.
April 11, 2010 a privately owned PA-24 Comanche airplane was struck by a bald eagle near Middlefield, OH during descent. Minor injuries were sustained by both the pilot and a passenger. The pilot was able to safely land the airplane at Geauga County Airport (7GB). Damage to window and hood.

Eagle Strikes PA-24 Comanche

Eagle Strike, PA-24 Comanche, Near Middlefield, OH, April 11, 2010.
April 11, 2010 a privately owned PA-24 Comanche airplane was struck by a bald eagle near Middlefield, OH during descent. Minor injuries were sustained by both the pilot and a passenger. The pilot was able to safely land the airplane at Geauga County Airport (7GB). Damage to window.

Eagle Strikes PA-24 Comanche

Eagle Strike, PA-24 Comanche, Near Middlefield, OH, April 11, 2010.
April 11, 2010 a privately owned PA-24 Comanche airplane was struck by a bald eagle near Middlefield, OH during descent. Minor injuries were sustained by both the pilot and a passenger. The pilot was able to safely land the airplane at Geauga County Airport (7GB). Bald Eagle remains on passenger seat.

Eagle Strikes PA-24 Comanche

Eagle Strike, PA-24 Comanche, Near Middlefield, OH, April 11, 2010.
April 11, 2010 a privately owned PA-24 Comanche airplane was struck by a bald eagle near Middlefield, OH during descent. Minor injuries were sustained by both the pilot and a passenger. The pilot was able to safely land the airplane at Geauga County Airport (7GB). Damage to interior ceiling.

Snow Geese

Snow Gese, December 6, 2009.
EMB-145 strikes at least one snow geese on approach. 6 miles from PHL at 2,000 ft. Nightime. Ingestion in #2 engine, engine shut down. Emergency declared. $305,000 in damage. 48 hrs out of service.

Snow Geese

Snow Gese, December 6, 2009.
EMB-145 strikes at least one snow geese on approach. 6 miles from PHL at 2,000 ft. Nightime. Ingestion in #2 engine, engine shut down. Emergency declared. $305,000 in damage. 48 hrs out of service.

Owl Strikes UPS B767

Owl Strike, UPS B767, Oakland Int'l Airport, March 25, 2008.
Oakland Int'l Airport, March 25, 2008.

Night Heron Strikes Delta MD88

Night Heron Strikes Delta MD88 Daytona Beach Int'l - March 17, 2008.
Daytona Beach Int'l - March 17, 2008.

Ring Billed Gulls - December 14, 2006

Ring Billed Gulls - December 14, 2006.
737-300 strikes flock of ring-billed gulls on landing roll. 17 gull carcasses recovered. Aircraft out of service for 24 hrs for cleaning but otherwise no damage. Daytime.

Ring Billed Gulls - December 14, 2006

Ring Billed Gulls - December 14, 2006.
737-300 strikes flock of ring-billed gulls on landing roll. 17 gull carcasses recovered. Aircraft out of service for 24 hrs for cleaning but otherwise no damage. Daytime.

C-130 Strikes Bald Eagle

C-130 Strikes Bald Eagle, Tacoma Area - 2005.
Tacoma Area - 2005.

C-130 Strikes Bald Eagle

C-130 Strikes Bald Eagle, Tacoma Area - 2005.
Tacoma Area - 2005.

Fatal Crash, Addison, TX, July 8, 2003

Addison, TX Fatal Crash Site - Wreckage of Cessa 172, July 8,2003.
Wreckage of Cessa 172, Fatal Crash Site, Addison, TX.
Excerpt of Last Transmissions:
Pilot: "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday N166ME we are going down."
Tracon: "Where are you, and what can I do for you?"
Pilot: "Send somebody to pick us up, I think we are going to be fine, but we have struck a bird, we've got to go down. We can't keep it straight with the power on."
The pilot provided basic location and stated he was going to disconnect. The aircraft crashed 1.7 miles west of Areo County Airport, Frisco, TX at 1144C, July 8, 2003. The instructor pilot and student suffered fatal injuries.

Fatal Crash, Addison, TX, July 8, 2003

Addison, TX Fatal Crash Site - Wreckage of Cessa 172, July 8,2003.
Wreckage of Cessa 172, Fatal Crash Site, Addison, TX.
Excerpt of Last Transmissions:
Pilot: "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday N166ME we are going down."
Tracon: "Where are you, and what can I do for you?"
Pilot: "Send somebody to pick us up, I think we are going to be fine, but we have struck a bird, we've got to go down. We can't keep it straight with the power on."
The pilot provided basic location and stated he was going to disconnect. The aircraft crashed 1.7 miles west of Areo County Airport, Frisco, TX at 1144C, July 8, 2003. The instructor pilot and student suffered fatal injuries.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Air Reldan Duck Strike

Air Reldan Duck Strike, Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.
Lakefront Airport, LA - March 9, 2003.

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Horizon DHC-8 (Medford, OR) January 8, 2003 Strike

Unwelcome Runway Visitor Orlando Intl Airport - May 28, 2002

Unwelcome Runway Visitor Orlando Intl Airport - May 28, 2002

Unwelcome Runway Visitor Orlando Intl Airport - May 28, 2002

Alligator is Unwelcome Runway Visitor Orlando Intl Airport - May 28, 2002

Aztec N13919 - April 18, 2002 Strike

Aztec N13919 - April 18, 2002 Strike

Aztec N13919 - April 18, 2002 Strike

Aztec N13919 - April 18, 2002 Strike

Canadair CL-600, March 9, 2002 Strike

Canadair CL-600 March 9, 2002 Strike
A Canadair CL-600 (Atlantic Coast Airlines) at Dulles International Airport (VA) struck 2 wild turkeys during the takeoff roll. One shattered the windshield spraying the cockpit with glass fragments and remains. Another hit the fuselage and was ingested. There was a 14- by 4-inch section of fuselage skin damaged below the windshield seal on the flight officer’s side. 53 passengers were uninjured. Cost of repairs estimated at $200,000. Time out of service was at least 2 weeks.

Canadair CL-600, March 9, 2002 Strike

Canadair CL-600 March 9, 2002 Strike
A Canadair CL-600 (Atlantic Coast Airlines) at Dulles International Airport (VA) struck 2 wild turkeys during the takeoff roll. One shattered the windshield spraying the cockpit with glass fragments and remains. Another hit the fuselage and was ingested. There was a 14- by 4-inch section of fuselage skin damaged below the windshield seal on the flight officer’s side. 53 passengers were uninjured. Cost of repairs estimated at $200,000. Time out of service was at least 2 weeks.

Canadair CL-600, March 9, 2002 Strike

Canadair CL-600 March 9, 2002 Strike
A Canadair CL-600 (Atlantic Coast Airlines) at Dulles International Airport (VA) struck 2 wild turkeys during the takeoff roll. One shattered the windshield spraying the cockpit with glass fragments and remains. Another hit the fuselage and was ingested. There was a 14- by 4-inch section of fuselage skin damaged below the windshield seal on the flight officer’s side. 53 passengers were uninjured. Cost of repairs estimated at $200,000. Time out of service was at least 2 weeks.

Canadair CL-600, March 9, 2002 Strike

Canadair CL-600, March 9, 2002.
A Canadair CL-600 (Atlantic Coast Airlines) at Dulles International Airport (VA) struck 2 wild turkeys during the takeoff roll. One shattered the windshield spraying the cockpit with glass fragments and remains. Another hit the fuselage and was ingested. There was a 14- by 4-inch section of fuselage skin damaged below the windshield seal on the flight officer’s side. 53 passengers were uninjured. Cost of repairs estimated at $200,000. Time out of service was at least 2 weeks.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Herring Gull Causes Jet Takeoff to be Aborted

Damage to Delta MD 11 - Jan 21, 2001 Strike
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (Jan 21, 2001) (AP) – A Delta Airlines flight aborted takeoff at Portland International Airport yesterday after a bird was sucked into an engine. The MD-11 jet with 217 passengers was headed to Japan. The 3-engine jet skidded to the end of the runway and blew 2 tires during the abrupt stop.

Mesaba Airlines

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Nov 8, 2000, Aberdeen, SD. Hit snow geese. One struck windshield.

Mesaba Airlines

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Nov 8, 2000, Aberdeen, SD. Closeup of impaled goose.

Engine Nacelle - KLM 747

Side View - Engine Nacelle - KLM 747
Side view.
On August 27, 2000, a KLM Boeing 747 departed from the Los Angeles International airport with 449 on board. The departure path passes over Dockweiler State Beach located at the end of runway 25 R. Soon after take-off, 500 ft AGL, two distinct loud bang were heard and fire was observed coming out of the #3 engine. Witnesses reported seeing parts of the engine falling off. The flight crew declared an emergency, dumped 166,000 lbs of fuel and returned safely to the airport.

Engine Nacelle - KLM 747

Rear View, Engine Nacelle, KLM 747
On August 27, 2000, a KLM Boeing 747 departed from the Los Angeles International airport with 449 on board. The departure path passes over Dockweiler State Beach located at the end of runway 25 R. Soon after take-off, 500 ft AGL, two distinct loud bang were heard and fire was observed coming out of the #3 engine. Witnesses reported seeing parts of the engine falling off. The flight crew declared an emergency, dumped 166,000 lbs of fuel and returned safely to the airport. (Continued on next photo.)

Exhaust Nozzle - KLM 747

KLM Engine Nacelle
(Continued from previous photo.)
This photo shows the outer cylinder of the engine exhaust nozzle landed on the beach about 35 ft from people. First news reports theorized that the incident might have been caused by a bird strike. However since no bird was observed nor any bird carcass found on the ground, the theory of a bird strike was discarded by the news media after a few days. During the NTSB investigation however, small amounts of debris resembling feather down and bone fragment were indeed found. These remains were sent to the Smithsonian Institution and were positively identified as being those of a Western Gull, a species with a mean body mass of 2.25 lbs. It is noteworthy that the damaged engine (GE CFS-50E2) is certified to withstand a 4-lb bird ingestion with no uncontained failure.

Close up - Engine Nacelle - KLM 747

Front - Engine Nacelle - KLM 747
On August 27, 2000, a KLM Boeing 747 departed from the Los Angeles International airport with 449 on board. The departure path passes over Dockweiler State Beach located at the end of runway 25 R. Soon after take-off, 500 ft AGL, two distinct loud bang were heard and fire was observed coming out of the #3 engine. Witnesses reported seeing parts of the engine falling off. The flight crew declared an emergency, dumped 166,000 lbs of fuel and returned safely to the airport.

Engine Nacelle - KLM 747

Engine Nacelle, KLM 747, side_view
Side View.
On August 27, 2000, a KLM Boeing 747 departed from the Los Angeles International airport with 449 on board. The departure path passes over Dockweiler State Beach located at the end of runway 25 R. Soon after take-off, 500 ft AGL, two distinct loud bang were heard and fire was observed coming out of the #3 engine. Witnesses reported seeing parts of the engine falling off. The flight crew declared an emergency, dumped 166,000 lbs of fuel and returned safely to the airport.

American Bittern strikes Piper Warrior.

American Bittern struck wing.
A Piper PA-28 Warrior wing struck by an American bittern in Atlantic City, N.J., October 6, 1999 (Outboard view).

American Bittern strikes Piper Warrior.

American Bittern struck wing.
A Piper PA-28 Warrior wing struck by an American bittern in Atlantic City, N.J., October 6, 1999 (Inboard view).

Nodes and Internodes of Feather Barbule

Nodes and internodes of a feather barbule.
As part of the Wildlife Strike Mitigation research, the FAA (AAR-410) is supporting the development of advanced bird identification techniques at the Smithsonian Institution located in Washington, DC. Positive bird identification is typically performed using bird remains and bird feathers and comparing these against the world’s largest database of bird feathers maintained by the Smithsonian Institution. The photo shows the nodes and internodes a feather barbule. When necessary, DNA tests are used to make a positive determination.