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Month: November 2016

25 Years of Aircraft Wildlife Strikes in USA

Wildlife and bird strikes—sometimes called birdstrike, bird ingestion (for an engine)—is a collision between an airborne animal (usually a bird) and a human-made vehicle, especially aircraft. Bird strikes are a significant threat to flight safety, and have caused a number of accidents with human casualties. The number of major accidents involving civil aircraft is quite low and it has been estimated that there is only about 1 accident resulting in human death in one billion flying hours. Most accidents occur when there is a collision involving a bird (or birds) and the windscreen or a bird (or birds) is sucked into the engines of mechanical aircraft....

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