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. These cause annual damages that have been estimated at $400 million within the United States of America alone and up to $1.2 billion to commercial aircraft worldwide.
This week as part of #MakeoverMonday, we analise the last 25 years of aircraft wildlife strikes in the USA with some astonishing figures. Click on the dashboard image below for the full interactive dashboard and for more insights: