Home » ASN News
Australian study shows rise in bird strike reports
2 July 2008

ATSB issued a report analysing birdstrikes reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau between 2002 and 2006. In Australia, over the last five years, the number of birdstrike occurrences reported annually to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has risen from approximately 750 in 2002 to 1,200 in 2006. The report includes bird and bat strikes that occurred in Australian territory involving VH- and overseas registered aircraft. It excludes strikes involving non VH-registered Australian aircraft and those involving VH-registered aircraft that occurred overseas. Birdstrikes were analysed by year, month, phase of flight, type of operation, record source, effect on flight, time, aircraft damage, injuries, the nature of occurrence reports, flight disruption, aircraft movements, aircraft size, ingestion, bird size, species, and location. Location data are presented for major aerodromes, General Aviation Airport Procedures aerodromes and regional aerodromes. The report tables birdstrikes and aircraft movements, as well as species struck and species causing damage.

Birdstrike reporting was found to have almost doubled over the reporting period. There have been three injuries, but no fatalities. Around seven per cent of birdstrike events resulted in damage, and double-engine ingestion was recorded for eight of 5103 birdstrike occurrences. Birdstrike events vary by location, and rates of birdstrike events at aerodromes are only indicators of the effectiveness of control measures.