Related Accidents / Incidents

Orville Wright in 1905

The first bird strike was reported by Orville Wright in 1905, and according to their diaries Orville … flew 4,751 meters in 4 minutes 45 seconds, four complete circles. Twice passed over fence into Beard's cornfield. Chased flock of birds for two rounds and killed one which fell on top of the upper surface and after a time fell off when swinging a sharp curve.

Cal Rodgers in 1912

The first bird strike fatality was reported in 1912 when aero-pioneer Cal Rodgers collided with a gull which became jammed in his aircraft control cables. He crashed at Long Beach, California, was pinned under the wreckage, and drowned.

United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers-Armstrongs Model Viscount 745D

On November 23, 1962, United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers-Armstrongs Model Viscount 745D airplane, was en route between Newark, NJ and Washington, D.C. The airplane struck two Whistling Swans, one of which penetrated the horizontal stabilizer. The left horizontal stabilizer separated from the airplane, resulting in a loss of control and the crash. All 17 people aboard the airplane were killed.

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Overseas National Airways DC-10

On November 12, 1975 an Overseas National Airways DC-10 crashed while performing a rejected takeoff. The takeoff abort was performed following impact with a flock of gulls that had been roosting on the takeoff runway. During the rejected takeoff, the number 3 engine failed catastrophically and caught fire. The engine failure caused a fuel leak, which aided fire propagation. The airplane was totally destroyed by fire. All passengers and crew members successfully evacuated.

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U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS

On 22 September 1995, a U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft (Call sign Yukla 27, serial number 77-0354), crashed shortly after take off from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. The plane lost power to both port side engines after these engines ingested several Canada Geese during takeoff. The aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area about two miles northeast of the runway, killing all 24 crew members on board.

Space Shuttle Discovery - STS-114

The Space Shuttle Discovery hit a bird (a vulture) during the take-off of STS-114 on July 26, 2005. The collision occurred early during take off and at low speeds, with no obvious damage to the shuttle.

US Airways Flight 1549

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport ditched into the Hudson River after experiencing a failure of both engines. The investigation has initially determined that the engine failures were caused by running into a flock of geese at an altitude of about 975 meters (3,200 feet), shortly after takeoff. All 150 passengers and five crew members were safely evacuated after a successful water landing. At the time of this entry (early in the accident investigation), the NTSB accident report has not been issued. The report will be issued at the conclusion of the investigation.

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