Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bird Strike on Small GA Aircraft During Landing

In this video, a small aircraft (apparently a Cessna 172) hit a bird during approach. The bird remained lodged in the left wing strut while the pilot completed the landing without further incident. If you have additional information about this event, please contact

Friday, July 13, 2007

Aftermath of a Multiple Bird Strike During a Night Training Flight in a T-34

This is a local news report detailing the aftermath of a multiple bird stirke on a night training mission in a T-34. The instructor pilot was knocked out and the student had to take command of the aircraft. The event took place in 1998 near NAS Whiting Field in Milton, FL.

Link to ABC 3 News Report

Undated Video of an A-10 Hitting a Bird

A-10 Warthog Bird Strike

ThomsonFly Ingests Bird Just After Takeoff

On 29 April 2007, the right engine of a ThomsonFly 757 ingested a bird just after takeoff on a flight from Manchester, UK to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The crew declared an emergency and landed without incident.

Video of the ingestion and early part of the flight.

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In-flight Bird Strike Involving an F16

This undated video is of an in-flight strike involving an F16. The HUD indicates that the aircraft was traveling at an airspeed of about 375 knots

Bird Ingestion and Crash of Military Hawk Jet Trainer

This 14 May 2004 accident occurred at the Canadian Forces base at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and involved a Hawk jet aircraft assigned to the NATO Flying Training in Canada program. The instructor pilot had just taken control and as the aircraft approached the departure end of Runway 29R, a bird was observed just left of the nose. Both crewmembers heard a "thump", felt vibrations and noted a change in engine pitch, followed by indications of engine malfunction.

The aircraft reached a maximum altitude of approximately 3700 MSL (1700 AGL). After the aircraft descended through 3000 MSL, the crew successfully ejected. One crewmember was seriously injured and the other received minor injuries. The aircraft was completely destroyed when it crashed about seven seconds later in a farmer's field.

Video from just before ingestion until aircraft impact.

Link to Canadian Forces crash investigation.