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Australia

                 
                   
                   
                   
                   

Notes:

This web page is under construction. The "growing" list includes known losses and ejections due to bird strikes. The list will then be cross referenced with known published works to ensure that as comprehensive a listing as possible is shown.

Where a  "bird strike" is considered to be the main, or a contributing factor to the loss listings will now show the following symbol. As other bird strike incidents are discovered or that I am made aware of I will also add these.

 

 
                 
15th August 1952

RAF
Oxford T2 V4192 8 AFTS Believed bird or birds struck aircraft and pentrated windscreen.
Crashed Moray Firth
Pilot Officer John Alfred Rogers believed incapacitated.
Killed in loss
   
30th July 1953

RAF
Vampire FB5 WA383 16 Sqn Struck a large flock of birds near Rheims during low level flight. Aircraft seriously damaged, made wheels up landing. Pilot Officer M J Neil
OK
   
25th September 1953

RAF
Vampire FB9 WL549 6 Sqn
RAF Habbaniya
struck a flock of large birds in twilight conditions. Made a forced landing Sergeant G B Watson
OK
   
23rd October 1953

RAF
Canberra B2 WF892 RRE flew into a flock of birds at take-off Soudon Near Exeter. Aircraft stalled and crashed      
(p) Flight Lieutenant Peter John Clarke
killed
(n) Squadron Leader William Alfred Allinson DFC DIM
killed
 
24th February 1954

RAF
Meteor FR9 VZ600 79 Sqn
RAF Gutersloh West Germany
Struck a flock of birds causing engine fire. Forced landing Sergeant H J Kimber
OK
   
21st January 1955

RAF
Vampire F89 WR155 249 Sqn
Amman Jordan
suffered very severe Bird Strike damage      
26th February 1955

RAF
Meteor F8 WE884 63 Sqn Bird Strike. Severe engine damage, crashed near Wendling, Norfolk

Flying Officer K N Carpenter
ejected safely

  Martin-Baker
27th January 1956

RAF
 Vampire F85 VZ286 236 OCU
RAF Kinloss
severe bird strike damage. Aircraft written off Pilot OK    
2nd February 1956

RAF
Vampire F89 WG850 28 Sqn
RAF Sek Kong
damaged by a bird strike. Landed. Written off as considered unrepairable Pilot OK    
3rd October 1956

RAF
Hunter F4 XE705 43 Sqn
RAF Leuchars
Struck a flock of birds and ingested many into its engine causing take off to be abandoned. Came to rest on mudflats. Pilot OK    
1st November 1956

RAF
Hunter F1 WW600 DFLS
RAF West Raynham
Bird damage. Aircraft written off Pilot OK    
10th April 1957

RAF
Vampire T11 XH319 7 FTS
RAF Valley
Bird strike. Flew into a flock of gulls.      
Lieutenant (RN) J Rees (RN)
OK
Lieutenant H. Bond (RN)
OK
 
21st May 1957

RAF
Hunter F1 WT681 229 OCU
RAF Chivenor
Damage to the airframe afetr bird strike. Not repaired      
28th June 1957

RAF
Hunter F4 XF997 43 Sqn
RAF Leuchars
Force landed onto mudflats near RAF Leuchars following birdstrike      
Friday 6th February 1959

USN
A4D-2 Skyhawk  142782  NAS Cecil Field  Bird strike. Routine bombing practice in Pincastle bombing range. Crashed in Ocala National Forest LTJG Rupert B. Lowe
ejected
  Douglas
NAMC
12th February 1958

RAF
Vampire FB5 WA257 1 FTS
RAF Linton on Ouse
Bird strike during take off. Forecd to activate emergency "raise undercarriage" landing Lieutenant S G Parkes (RN)
OK
   
Saturday
 25th April 1959


USNR
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 142960 NAAS Chase Field in Beeville, Texas Bird strike., low level navigation flight--500 feet over water and 1000 ft over land   Grumman
Pilot ENS Felix Hugh Sherry, Jr ejected Pilot Instructor LTJG J. T.  O'Dell ejected Grumman
10th November 1959

RAF
Hunter F4 XF953 RAFFC Bird Strike. Damaged beyond repair      
29th March 1960

RAF
Hunter FGA9 XF424 8 Sqn
Sharjah United Arab Emirates
Bird Strike. Damaged beyond repair      
7th May 1960

RAF
Vampire FB5 WA445 CAACU Bird Strike near Weston Zoyland Somerset. Beyond repair      
9th November 1960

RAF
Hunter F6 XE590 4 Sqn
RAF Jever
Bird Strike near air base. Beyond repair      
20th Feb 1961

IDF/AF
Super Mystère B2 32
105 Sqn
[The Scorpion Sqn]
bird strike Sub‑Lt Zvi Umshweif ejected successfully   License Copy of Republic Seat
16th March 1961

RAF
Swift FR5 WK295 2 Sqn Bird Strike near air base. Beyond repair      
4th September 1962

RAF
Vampire T11 XD448 8FTS
RAFSwinderby
Multiple bird strike      
17th August 1964

 

RAF
Canberra B15 WH958 45 Sqn
Kai Tak Airport Hong Kong
Hit flock of birds during take off. Overshot into the sea Lieutenant R A Renton - OK    
Flying Officer G N Wade - OK    
Flying Officer M S Clark - OK    
Sergeant I A Ramsey - OK    
30th September 1964

RAF
 Jet Provost T4 XR664  6FTS Engine damaged by bird strike  3m North‑east Jedburgh Roxburghshire Flt. Lt. D. J. Phillips ejected safely in slight dive at 800 ft. 110 kts.   M-B Mk.4P1 [P]
P.O. J. P. Brown ejected safely in slight dive 1,000ft both approx. 110kts.   M-B Mk.4P2 [S]
5th October 1964

RAF
Canberra PR7 WJ820 58 Sqn severe damage from bird strike near Terhune Range Idris Libya.
SOC
     
14th July 1965

RAF
Canberra B(1)6 WT324 213 Sqn Ingested BIRD into engine. Spun into ground near Roermond Netherlands (p) Flying Officer Thomas Francis Clapp
killed
   
(n) Flight Lieutenant Leslie Dennis Dingle
killed
   
(n) Flying Officer Hugh Mands Sime
killed
   
15th September 1965

Indian A. F.
Hunter F56 BA-207 27 Sqdn Birdhit on TO from Halwara - Flt Lt Thapen Kumar "Chau" Chaudhuri ejected successfully but was blown back onto the burning wreckage Martin-Baker
??/??/1966


IIAF
F-86
Sabre
  Capt. Nosrat Abdoulahifard ejected safely NAA
Golden Crown
Aerobatic Display Team
1st FIS / 1st FIW  Mehrabad AFB, Iran Bird Strike prior to a show
27th July 1966

RAF
Jet Provost T3 XP625 CAW Bird strike. Crashed near North Frodingham
Abandoned
     
Flt. Lt. R. B. Myles ejected   Martin-Baker
18th Oct 1966

IDF/AF
Super Mystère B2 26
105 Sqn
[The Scorpion Sqn]
damaged by ricochet or bird strike, Capt. Shlomo Shapira ejected successfully License Copy of Republic Seat
20th November 1968

RAF
Canberra T17 WJ988 360 Sqn
RAF Watton
Bird strike during take off. Forced to activate emergency "raise undercarriage" landing.
Beyond repair
     
2nd December 1969

DATE NEEDS CONFIRMATION


USN
 TA-4F Skyhawk 152867 VA-44
NAS Cecil Field, Florida
Bird Strike. On a low level training flight with a student in northern Florida Instructor hit in face by mallard that had entered canopy. Talahasse Florida                         
Student, John Wilson, missed by bird did not eject - landed aircraft
Instructor Squadron Leader Ross Donaldson (RNZAF) ejected
[rear seat] - lost an eye due to injuries
Escapac IC-3
?? ?? 1970

Israeli DF/AF
Sa'ar
(Super Mystere)
  Ben-Gurion Airport Maiden flight of aircraft - Bird stike on take off caused engine problems at very low level Managed to land Lt. Col. Yohanan Roser
no ejection
   
1st November 1970

Indian A. F.
Hunter   27 Sqdn Birdhit during TO Hindon Ejected Wg Cdr M N Singh   Dte Not Exact
29th June 1971

RAF
Jet Provost T3 XN558 3FTS
RAF Dishforth
ingested BIRDs on approach      
Flight Lieutenant C S Hall
ejected
  Martin-Baker
26th April 1972

RAF
Harrier GR1 XV749
K
1 Sqn Bird strike. Crashed into the North Sea one mile of Lincolnshire coast,
near Theddlethorpe
Flt. Lt. J. Marshall
ejected
  Martin-Baker
27th June 1972

RAF
Harrier GR1A XV780
B
4 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath
Bird strike. Crashed at Wessel, nr Wildenrath, West Germany Wg Cmdr McKee ejected   Martin-Baker
1st December 1972

Indian A. F.
MiG-21FL   3 Sqdn Bird HIt Pilot nickname was 'Oz' ejected DNE    
19th February 1973

Israeli DF/AF
Nesher
"Vulture"
[Mirage 5J]
6691   Training flight. Bird Strike with buzzard during low level flightover the Judean Mountains, several kilometres from Arad (Judean Desert) Captain Israel Baharav
ejected
[3 ejections in total
Full dates needed
?? ?? 1971 - Engine failure

19th February 1973 - bird strike]

                     via Yossi Leshem
Martin-Baker
9th July 1973

RAF
Harrier GR3  XV791
W
20 Sqn Bird strike. Crashed on take off from Wildenrath, West Germany Sqn. Ldr. P.G.Sturt   Martin-Baker
28th July 1973

RAF
Gnat T1 XR993 4FTS Bird strike near Lee On Solent. Forced landing. Damaged beyond repair      
30th July 1973

RAF
Harrier GR3 XV805
Z
20 Sqn Bird strike. Crashed at Coesfeld, West Germany Major J.Gibson (USMC or USAF
???)
ejected
  Martin-Baker
1st August 1973

Indian A. F.
MiG-21FL   3 Sqdn DNE - Bird hit at Hindon, Ejected Sqn Ldr Jasjit Singh VrC    
16th May 1974

RAF
Harrier GR3 XV800 4 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath
Birdstrike. Crashed near RAF Wildenrath, West Germany Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
28th October 1974

Israeli DF/AF
A-4 Skyhawk     Bird Strike - collision with migrating pelican over the Hula Valley near the area of Yesod Hama'alah Major Sephie Levine
killed instantly when a pelican penetrated the canopy

                         via Yossi Leshem
 
1st April 1975

Indian A. F.
MiG-21FL   28 Sqdn Eng Flame out Bird Hit on TO Tezpur Flt Lt Partha Das Gupta VrC ejected but killed   Type-77 ejection seat had a minimum ejection height of 110
28th September 1976

RAF
Victor K2 XL513 55 Sqn
RAF Marham
Bird strike on take off. Crashed into the overshoot      
15-Jan-79

IDF/AF
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk     Bird ingested into engine pilot recovered   Escapac
12th March 1980

RAF
Harrier GR.3 XW765/W 3 Sqn
The aircraft was operating out of Wittering
bird strike, near Lampeter,
Dyfed during low level practice for Maple Flag
Flt. Lt. P. Barton ejected    Martin-Baker
31st July 1980

RAF
Jet Provost T.3A XN590/86 7 TFS
RAF College RAF Elvington
Bird strike when taking off. Crashed into woodlands near Goole, Yorkshire      Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. D. R.Chapman ejected   Martin-Baker

date needed

PROBABLY BEFORE 11th October


IRIAF

F-4E Phantom II

  Bushehr AFB

Damaged by AAM fired by Iraqi MiG-23MF

the pilot Seat was Martin-Baker

Pilot ??? inadvertently ejected

RIO Lt.Col. Ali Reza Yassini piloted aircraft back to AFB after
[see also
16th July 1982]
After the missile hit the pilot dived to a low altitude and flew at  high speed about 20ft over the Arvand River (shat al arab). Their jet was hit by Birds. causing the  pilot to ejected inadvertently,  "but Reza controled the jet and landed safely at AFB......."

15th October 1980

21 Mehr mah
1359

IRIAF


Escorted to air base by Mohamad-Hashem Ale-Agha flying an Iranian Tomcat.. Near the base Yassini re-gained conciousness and was able to take over control and land the aircraft

no ejections

F-4E Phantom II

  Bushehr AFB

Damaged by AAM fired by Iraqi MiG-23MF. - later multiple birdstrike at low level

Pilot Lt.Col. Ali Reza Yassini piloted aircraft back to AFB after
[see also
16th July 1982]

RIO Capt. Masoud Eghdaam  - his parachute deployed after birdstrike and streamed along the spine of the aircraft.
After the missile strike the pilot of the F-4  dived to low altitude in an attempt to fly it back to Iran.  Flying low over the Arvand River (shat-al-arab) the aircraft struck a flock of birds, Yassini was knocked unconscious. The RIO flew the aircraft back to the air base where Yassini regained control andl anded the plane. The aircraft was escorted by an F-14 that provided visual reports of the F-4 and assisted with instructions that allowed Capt. Masoud Eghdaam to fly back to Bushehr AFB where Yassini took over
????

Israeli DF/AF
A-4 Skyhawk     Bird Strike - collision with Honey Buzzard. Shattered canopy Managed to land Lt. Col. "L"
no ejection
  Escapac
20th October 1979

Israeli DF/AF
IAI Kfir C2 744 Ramat David AFB Bird strike with flock of migrating birds near air base in Northern Israel Major "K"
ejected
[for the 1st time - see also August 1981]
  Martin-Baker
24th October 1980

Indian A. F.
Sukhoi-7     Bird Hit aircraft then  crashed in Delhi Fg Offr K C Kuruvilla  
K C Kuruvilla also ejected from IAF Sukhoi's on 6th December 1971, and in 1982. This makes him one of, if not the only person, to have safely ejected three times from an Su-7
13th November 1980

USAF
F-4E Phantom II 68-0475
RS
512 TFS
86T FW
Bird strike - Turkey Buzzard - crashed near Caseda, on mission to Bardenas Ralias Bombing Range In Zaragoza Spain     Martin-Baker
Pilot, Ltc. Gain Walston
killed
IP Capt. Tom Poole ejected  Martin-Baker
17th November 1980

RAF
Nimrod MR2 XV256 RAF Kinloss massive BIRD ingestion to engines on take off. Crashed into forest at end of runway (p) Flight Lieutenant Neol Anthony (RAAF)
killed
   
(cp) Captain Flying Officer Stephen Paul Belcher
killed
   
18 crew OK    
19th March 1981

Israeli DF/AF
F-15     Bird Strike - collision with large flock of storks. Managed to land Lt. Col. "Y"
no ejection
  ACES II
1st June 1981

RAF
Jaguar T2 XX828
P
226 OCU Bird strike. Engine problems from shattered canopy perspex. Crashed near Forfar, Tayside
Mods. to canopy of Jaguars resulted
Mods. to canopy of Jaguars resulted
    Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant Kenvyn
ejected
Flight Lieutenant D Webb
ejected
Martin-Baker
24th July 1981

RAF
Jaguar T2  XX916
16
ETPS Bird strike. Crashed into Bristol Channel, twelve miles east off
Hartland Point, Devon
Sqn. Ldr. Barnett ejected   Martin-Baker
navigator Flight Lieutenant Sean Sparks ejected but drowned.   Martin-Baker
August 1981

Israeli DF/AF
IAI Kfir C2     Bird strike (ingested into engine)  near air base in Northern Israel (same location as his first ejection) while returning to air base Lt. Col. "K"
ejected
[for the 2nd time - see also October 1979]
  Martin-Baker
1982 - exact date needed

Indian A. F.
Sukhoi-7 B-854 222 Sqdn Bird Hit aircraft then  crashed in Delhi Fg Offr K C Kuruvilla  
K C Kuruvilla also ejected from IAF Sukhoi's on 6th December 1971, and 24th October 1980. This makes him one of, if not the only person, to have safely ejected three times from an Su-7
8th April 1982

USAF
RF-4C Phantom
 
 
Idaho Air National Guard landed an RF-4 Phantom Jet from the back seat after a bird crashed through the windshield, knocking the pilot unconscious     Martin-Baker
Capt. Gregg Englebreit
ejected
1st Lt. Fred Wilson
ejected

see also 9th April 83

Martin-Baker
29th October 1982

Indian A. F.
MiG-21U U-553 7 Sqdn Bird Hit after TO from Knpur to Flt Lt R M Arora    
KKD Sandy Ejected    
20th October 1982

RAF
Hawk T1 XX300
S
2 TWU
151 Sqn
RAF Chivenor
bird strike while on approach to Abingdon. Crashed onto the airfield at Chivenor, Devon Flt. Lt. G. J. Rawles ejected   Martin-Baker
9th April 1983

USAF
RF-4C Phantom II   190 TRS Idaho Air National Guard
Mountain Home Air Force Base
bird strike shattered the windshield, inflicting superficial injuries on the pilot, south of Burley, Idaho.
Landed OK
    Martin-Baker
Lieut. Col. David Hudlet Capt Fred Wilson
ejected

see also 8th April 1982

Martin-Baker
5th May 1983

Israeli DF/AF
A-4N Skyhawk     Collision with Honey Buzzard at 300 ft, 420 knots. Penetrated canopy and hit ejection seat firing handle First Lieut. "Y"
ejected
"by the bird"!.
Fractured a vertebra in his neck, descended unconscious
  Douglas Escapac
19th September 1983

RAF
Jaguar GR1  XX114/02 226 OCU
Lossiemouth
Ran into flock of birds during finals to Lossiemouth, Grampian Flg. Off. I. J. McLean ejected   Martin-Baker
21st November 1983

RAF
Jet Provost T3A XM453/G 3 FTS Bird Strike Crashed near Ingelton, North Yorks     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Larry J. Betts ejected
suffered back injuries
Flt. Lt. G. O. Riddett ejected
OK
Martin-Baker
15th August 1984

RAF
JetProvost T3A XN473 7FTS
RAF Cranwell
Efforts to avoid  large flock of birds on take off was unsuccessful. Forced heavy landing. Beyond repair      
Instructor
OK
Student
OK
 
16th October 1984

Hungarian AF
MiG-21UM 0258 Taszar Bean Goose ingested at altitude 850 ft on approach to Taszar     KM-1
front-seat pilot Major Antal Nagy killed 1st Lt. József Bocsi ejected  survived KM-1
29th October 1984
3.20 pm


Indian A. F.
Kiran HJT-16   FTW Sarmat air-to-ground range, Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Pilot Officer O M Nirmal Kumar ejected
minor injuries
  Martin-Baker
29 November 1984

RAF
Harrier GR3 XZ992 1453 Flt  RAF Stanley East Falkland Large sea bird strike, probably a Southern Giant Petrel. while  practising an attack on Port Stanley airport Flt. Lt. L. Wilkes ejected at very low level insufficient time for the parachute to slow the pilot down and he suffered serious injuries  He was saved from drowning by two airmen who were working nearby and came to his aid in a Gemini dinghy   Martin-Baker
23rd March 1987

Pakistan Air Force
Mirage     Rawalpindi crashed due to a bird strike at the National Day military parade in Rawalpindi. Pilot Mohammad Saeed Iqbal was killed    
18th December 1988

Israeli DF/AF
F-16B 015   Bird Strike. Collision with Golden Eagle at 200 m / 880 km.h. Ingested into engine Lieut. Rami Ben-Efraim ejected recovered   ACES II
20th June 1989

Italian AF
Tornado IDS MM7077/6-65 155° Stormo crashed near its base Leno (after a suspected bird
strike whilst flying at 800ft and 225 kts
    Martin-Baker Mk.10
TEN G. Di  Zenzo ejected OK S.TEN Maurizio Piccoli ejected OK Martin-Baker Mk.10
14th September 1989

RAF
Tornado GR.1 ZD710
"BJ"
14 Squadron Bruggen Crashed on take-off at Abingdon
due to multiple bird stroike. Straight and level
    Martin-Baker
pilot Wg. Cdr.Wright ejected with minor injuries at 170kts,
150ft
navigator Sqn Ldr. Lawton ejected with minor injuries at 170kts,
pilot 180ft, 
Martin-Baker
13th March 1990

WGAF
Alphajet   JHbg-41 suffered bird strike over North Sea and crashed north of Jever, West
Germany while attempting emergency landing
Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
21st April 1990

USMC
TAV-8B Harrier 163856
00KD
VMAT-203 Low-level bird
ingestion South Carolina, USA
Pilot ejected   Stencel
17th May 1990

French AF
Mirage 2000N 321/4-BJ EC.4 from Luxeil crashed due to bird strike, gull was ingested and caused engine failure at 500ft. 400kts.
near Carsonne, south west France
     
pilot ejected  was seriously injured WSO ejected Martin-Baker
14th March 1991

French AF
Jaguar E E17/7-PN EC2/7 Bird strike. Crashed 10 miles from St. Dizier S.Lt. Moutoussamy ejected   Martin-Baker
25th September 1991

RAF
Harrier T4A XZ147
S
233 OCU Pilot struck in face by a bird and was stunned and lost control. Due to low height both crew ejected
Cadet
Kate Saunders
ejected

Sqn. Ldr.
Ashley D. Stevenson
ejected
Martin-Baker
 16th October 1991

SAAF
Atlas MB.326M Impala 1  '553' 83 Jet Flying School Crashed after suspected birdstrike Lt. R. C. Angus ejected safely   Martin-Baker
7th November 1984


RAF

Hawk T.1 XX180

4FTS
RAF Mona

Birdstrike during an overshoot. Crashed beside the B5109 road at Mona, Angelsey     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. N. W. Willey
ejected
 P.O M. G. Ball
ejected
Martin-Baker
19th November 1991

Soviet Air Force
MiG 23UM Flogger-C     Flame out following bird strike, Juterborg, Germany ejected   KM-1
ejected   KM-1
17th December 1991

Royal AF of Oman
Jaguar S 207 20 Sqn bird strike pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
28th May 1992

USN
F/A‑18A 163125
AJ 314  
VFA‑15 Birddtrike [vulture]  during low­ level flight. Crashed Santa Fe river, nr Worthington Springs, FL, USA pilot killed during    ejection   ACES II
17th December 1992

USAF
F-16A 83-1078/TX AFRes/924th FG Engine ingested
large bird en route to range crashed at Bergstrom AFB, Texas, wingman observed flames from the engine
Pilot ejected safely   ACES II

6th April 1993


FAV
Mirage 50EV FAV-2056 Grupo Aereo 11 near Turagua (about 10 miles out of BAEL) due a vulture crash on the windshield and engine ingestion. May. Martin "FENIX" Lon Blanco ejected Martin-Baker Martin-Baker
20th June 1993

USAF
T-38A 68-8095
SJ
4th Wing/ 344th ARS
NAS Dallas, TX, USA
Bird Strike. Crashed on take-off in San Antonio, Texas 344th ARS crewmember ejected

 

Northrop
911st ARS crewmember ejected   Northrop
26th June 1993

RAF
Harrier GR7 ZD430/AO 3 Sqn Possible birdstrike caused fuel leak and fire. Crashed onto farmland between Hecklington and Burton
Pedwardine
Flg. Off. Auckland ejected   Martin-Baker
6th July 1993

USAF
T‑38A 70‑1588 64th FTW bird strike. Crashed near Lubbock, TX, USA,     Northrop
ejected safely ejected safely Northrop
15th October 1993

USMC
AV-8B 163421
813   CG
VMA-231 Low-level bird
strike.
Engine caught fire. Crashed at Raleigh, North Carolina
Pilot ejected safely   Stencel
7th January 1994

 

Kenya
Hawk 52   Laikipia airbase Bird Strike
Crashed  in the plains of Dol Dol in Laikipia
    Martin-Baker
pilot Captain John Kiili
ejected
???
ejected
Martin-Baker
8th March 1994

USMC
EA-6B Prowler 161247
ND
VMAQ‑3, MCAS Cherry Point, NC, USA bird ingestion 1.Lt. D. A. Taylor   Martin-Baker
Capt. C. W. Stnith   Martin-Baker
Capt. C. P. Hawn   Martin-Baker
1st June 1994

Italian AF
MB-339A MM54464 61o Stormo crashed near Poggirsini, due to ingestion of birds Pilot ejected 2,500ft and 250kts   Martin-Baker
Other crew member ejected 2,500ft and 250kts   Martin-Baker
29th June 1994

Romanian AF
MiG-21 Fishbed     multiple bird strikes on take-off causing engine failure  The pilot ejected safely at
only 165ft
  KM-1
1st July 1994

USAF
F‑16B 83‑1173
SA
182nd FS TX ANG

engine failure after ingesting a turkey vulture. Eagle pass, Crystal MOA, 100 M from Kelly AFB, TX, USA

ejected   ACES II
ejected   ACES II
16th August 1994

Spanish AF
eF-18A Hornet 15-17
15-04
Grupo 15 collided with a vulture and crashed at Bardenas Range Major Eduardo Gil Rosella ejected safely but broke a leg on landing   Martin-Baker
22nd October 1994

Pakistan Air Force

F-16A Block 15E,  82701


11 sqn

Crashed near Sargodha, Pakistan

Bird hit just after take off Sargodha Flt Lt Waqar ejected ACES II
?? August 1995

Venezuelan AF
F-16A   Grupo Aereo de Caza 16 bird strike on final approach to BA El
Libertador / Palo Negro
pilot ejected safely   ACES II
10th August 1995
09:34


Israeli DF/AF
F-15D Eagle 965   Multiple bird strikes with storks at low level (1000 ft / 540 knots). Crashed into the ground in the Nahal Tasin wadi bed in Israeli Hanegev-territory.

Crew did not have time to react to order given by their Sqn Cmdr to "Eject"


                          via Yossi Leshem

                     via Yossi Leshem
ACES II
Captian Ronen Lev
killed
no ejection
Captain Yaron Vivent
killed
no ejection
ACES II
5th October 1995

USMC
F/A-18D Hornet 164064
SH 277
VMFAT-1 NAS El Centro,
California

   Multiple (large) birdstrike. Crashed  Kola Mountains, nr NAF El Centro, CA, USA

Lt. P. A. Kratzer ejected at low level   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. T. A. Harp ejected at low level   Martin-Baker
6th January 1995

Indian A. F.
MiG-21Bis C-2251   Flameout after birdhit Pilot Ejected    
9th February 1996

IAF
MiG-27     Birdstrike. Crashed during low flying exercises Pilot killed   KM-1
 1st November 1996

USN
T‑45A 163627
B 227
TW‑2
NAS Kingsville, TX, USA
Birdstrike (duck). Engine stalled. Engine lost power after ingesting Canvas back duck     Martin-Baker
instructor  ejected student pilot  ejected Martin-Baker
24th January 1997

[also seen as 13th or 19th January 1997]

CONFIRM ???


Israeli DF/AF
F-15B Eagle 137
or
"733"

52/B010  

  Crashed after entering a flat spin, caused by bird hit, while on ACM,  in Negev  near Kibbutz Revivim during a weekend training exercise."A number of ostriches raised by the kibbutz died of shock or suffocation from running into each other."      
pilot Cfir safely ejected navigator Yavai safely ejected ACES II
28th January 1997

Bulgarian A.F.
MiG-21MF 58 Dobrich AB Bird Strike. Engine failure. Crashed on farmland and destroyed Captain Plamen Denkov
ejected safely
   
12th or 14th February 1997

 (PAF)
FT-6     crashed after a bird strike      
pilot Latif ejected safely pilot Zaidi ejected safely  
15th April 1997

USN
T-45A Goshawk 163634
B-234
VT-21
NAS Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas
Bird Strike (Turkey vulture). Practising touch and go landings during her first solo flight. Turkey Vulture struck the aircraft. Ensign Jessica Gardner  ejected safely Martin-Baker
NACES
9th June 1997

Indian A. F.
MiG-21M     Chursoo village, Pulwama district, South Kashmir, around 0940 hrs following birdstrike Fg Offr Tofkar ejected    
7th or 10th September  1997

Israeli Defence Force / Air Force
F-16B 5     Bird strike, crashed in the Negev desert during an instruction flight, Ran recovered   ACES II 
Eldar recovered   ACES II 
3rd October 1997

 (PAF)
Chengdu F-7P     crashed near Bhakkar, Lahore due to a bird strike     Martin-Baker
19th February 1998
09:00


Spanish Navy
Harrier AV-8B VA.2-2/01-902
163011
Escuadrilla 009, Rota Bird strike - gull. Crashed almost vertically into the sea, in the Gulf of Mazarrón, 2nm off Mazarrón, sotheastern Spain during an air defence exercise Spanish Navy corvettes and minesweepers      
7th April 1999

Indian A. F.
MiG-21     Rajasansi AB Bird Hit Fg Offr R D Singh    
28th April 1999

New Zealand
MB339CB NZ6477   Bird strike. Emergency landing at Hamilton. Damaged canopy and ejection seat     no ejections
19th June 1999

Indian A. F.
MiG-21     Near Barmer, Eng failure due to Bird Strike pilot not found    
August 1999

Bulgarian A.F.
MiG-23 bord 75 Cheshnegirovo AB Bird strike in engine during training flight over Black sea emergency landing in Dobrich AB    
8th November 2001
09.03


German
A.F.
Tornado 44+51   Birdstrike. Crashed  on the beach in a 60 degree dive, where it exploded ejected - landed in water   Martin-Baker
ejected - landed on Vliehors Gunnery Range   Martin-Baker

29th February 2002


RAF

BAE Systems Hawk T1

 XX352

RAF Valley

Birdstrike [herring gull] near Valley, Anglesey. Crashed onto farmland and was totally destroyed

Pilot ejected and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital Bangor, suffered back injuries

Beware Birdstrike

Ref No: 94003
Catalogue 2

DASC Safety Poster Catalogue 2

© Crown Copyright/MOD 2007
 

Martin-Baker

29th May 2003

USAF
 F‑16C 89‑2052  36th FS/51st FW

Engine failure after bird strike shortly after take‑off nr main gate of Osan AB, South Korea

pilot ejected safely   ACES II
2nd June 2003

HAF
F-16C block 30   111 PM
Nea Anhialos AFB
Suspected bird ingested into the engine. Crashed 3 n.miles from the base into a field near Volos captain Pliatsikas Theodoros ejected safely and airlifted to the HAF 251 hospital for  check-up by an air force rescue helicopter   ACES II
 13th June 2003

USAF
F‑16C 85‑1445 61st FS/56th FW

Birdstrike with a turkey vulture which was ingested by engine which then failed 5 M S of Gila Bend, on Barry M Goldwater range, AZ, USA

 
pilot ejected safely   ACES II
16th March 2004

PLANAF
Su-30MKK     Birdstrike or double engine flameout ejected at low altitude   K-36
ejected at low altitude   K-36
Thursday 6th May 2004
5:10 P.M

USAF
F‑15E 88‑1701 335th FS/4th FW Bird strike with black vulture, near Callaway near Franklin County Speedway, W of Rocky Mount, 20 M S of Roanoke, VA     ACES II
Pilot Capt. Darren Wees ejected WSO Capt. Daniel Spier ejected ACES II
21st October 2004
17:15h


FAE
Kfir TC-2     Bird strike. Final aproached to Taura AFB Capitan Alex Padilla ejected with minor injures. Martin-Baker
Capitan Patricio Velasco  ejected with minor injures.   Martin-Baker
Thursday 5th October 2005

Hungarian AF
L-39 Albatros     On a night flight preparing to land at Kecskemét   when a wild duck hit the canopy and the pilot   VS-1
Lt.Col. Ernõ Hegedûs suffered no injuries and he was able to land with the aircraft Major Gyõzõ Bogdán in the rear cockpit VS-1
Lt. Col Hegedûs was one of Hungary's most experienced fighter pilots. He retired in 2006 and passed away on Wednesday 19th  September 2007.
Wednesday 7th December 2005
13:37h


French Navy
FAN
Super-Etendard ???  

Flotille

[11.F or 17.F ??]

B.A.N. Landivisiau. flying from Aircraft Carrier Charles-de-Gaulle

Birdstrike - crashed into gulf of Ajaccio from Carrier Charles-de-Gaulle operating south of Toulon Pilot ejected - recovered - transported to the hospital of Ajaccio for tests   Martin-Baker
CM6
Tuesday 13th December 2005
3:45 p.m


USAF
T-38-C 333
XL
47th FTW
Laughlin
Birdstrike -

Plane crashed in open ranchland near Bracketville -

Major Marc Montgomery 96th FTS ejected - reports in US media suggest injured in low level ejection landing into the aircraft's burning wreckage

Major Montgomery taken to Brooks Army Medical Center -"was in critical but stable condition"

  Northrop-Grumman
2nd Lt. Jonathan Ballard 87th FTS ejected safely at low level

Second Lieutenant Jonathan Ballard, was taken back to Laughlin for evaluation

  Northrop-Grumman
Friday 31st March 2006

10:00h


French Air Force
Mirage 2000D EC 01.003 "Navarre" from Nancy BA126 Solenzara Bird collision after takeoff. Crashed into the sea near Corsica ejected and rescued   Martin- Baker
ejected and rescued
02 avril 2006
Mirage 2000Dof EC 01.003 "Navarre"
n° 684 code 3-IW
 
Martin- Baker
Friday 1st September 2006

French AF
Mirage F1-CT N°254/ 30-QH  “Normandie-Niemen” Birdstrike in the desert area of Abéché
Chad
during a low flight
[source: MFS; Frederic Aubry]
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Thursday
21st September 2006


RNLAF
F-16BM
Fighting Falcon
J-068
87-0068
Volkel AFB possible birdstike
followed by a flame-out - crashed at Volkel

[Sources: MSF; Scramble; F-16.net]


photos by kind permission Greets Dennis MilSpotters.nl
LINK to MilSpotters.nl
ACES II
ejected OK ejected OK ACES II
Thursday 28th September 2006
around 3.20 p.m.


IAF
MiG-29 KB3299

SQUADRON
???

Ambala airbase

Sources:
India News Media

 
Possible bird strike. Pilot reported an engine problem while preparing to land. Crashed in the fields  near Sadhopur village about 12 km from the air force base near Ambala city  in India's northern state of Haryana



Pilot V Naik being bailed out of MiG-29, which crashed in Ambala on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Neeraj Chopra

Pilot Squadron Leader V. Naik  ejected and taken to  a military hospital for first-aid
 

K-36
Thursday 28th September 2006
evening
shortly after 22:00

Finnish Air Force
Hawk Mk51 jet fighter-trainer HW-335 Training Air Wing, Fighter Squadron 41, Kruunupyy airport Bird strike after practise ILS approach and go-around
Crashed in woodland near airfield
, Kruunupyy

                       photo Finnish Defence Forces
Martin-Baker
pilot ejected safely  landed nearby

Finnish Air Force webpage

TRANSLATION
thanks to Peter Mattjus

6th November 2006. 1845 local time

Brazilian Air Force
EMB 326
( AT-26 Xavante)
FAB 4482 Squadron: 1º GDA
Anapolis Air Force Base
Runway 06 crashed possibly due bird ingestion (1 to 4 birds) During runway collision (crashed); A/C on ground level with 110 KIAS
 
1st Flt Lt Paulo Roberto CURSINO Santos ejected Martin Baker 04B
sustained major injuries (column vertebral, right femur, coccix and right heel broken),  was rescued by an Air Force team soon after the crash taken to the Emergency Hospital for treatment.
R
eturned to fighter flight ativities on June 26th 2007
Wednesday 20th December 2006

 (PAF)
Mirage 5   Masroor AFB Karachi Bird strike. The aircraft engine sustained irrecoverable damage
and the aircraft could not sustain level flight. Crashed on the western outskirts of the port city of Karachi,
Manghopir area, 15 kilometres from Karachi, during a routine training flight, no one was injured on the ground
pilot Sqn Ldr Azmat ejected safely   Martin-Baker PRM4-1
Thursday 15th February 2007

Pakistan Air Force
Chengu F-7P   Masroor airbase Bird-Strike. Crashed within the perimeter of Masroor base in the southern port city of Karachi pilot Flt Lt Haseeb ejected safely   Martin-Baker PK10LZ
Thursday 1st March 2007

Indian Air Force
MiG-21
Type-77
  Bagdogra airbase Proable bird strike (vulture) during routine sortie crashed in a hilly area in Darjeeling district, 640 kilometres north of state capital Kolkata, in the eastern state of West Bengal Squadron Leader Swapna Shankar Pandey killed

body of the pilot near the wreckage

  was ejection initiated ??
One Indian media source is reporting that the pilot attempted ejection but the parachute did not have time to open

Tuesday 25th September 2007

Italian Air Force
AMX Trainer      Taking part in the "Italian Dancer" exercises. Engine problems. Crashed  into an open field during military exercises near Czempin in western Poland     Martin-Baker

Polish pilot ejected

Italian pilot ejected
Martin-Baker

Thursday 27th September 2007


USN
T-45A Goshawk
VT-21
 

Training Air Wing 2 at Naval,  Air Station Kingsville.
[
NAS-K]
Bird strike. Crashed west of Kingsville near the Kleberg County Airport     Martin-Baker NACES
Student pilot ejected   Martin-Baker NACES

Monday 1st October 2007
14:00


USN
T-45A Goshawk
VT-21

Training Air Wing 2 at Naval,  Air Station Kingsville.
[
NAS-K]
Birdstrike, crashed  in brush  on the King Ranch about two miles north of Naval Air Station Kingsville     Martin-Baker NACES
Ejected safely, recovered by helo Student pilot ejected safely, recovered by helo Martin-Baker NACES

Thursday 1st November 2007
 19:00


USN
T-45A Goshawk 163655
Training Air Wing 2 at Naval,  Air Station Kingsville.
[
NAS-K]
Confirm
???
 Engine malfunction. Crashed during take off at the end of the runway of the Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia. Came to rest having gon through perimeter fence and crossed the Hwy La 88     Martin-Baker NACES
Pilot ejected Student ejected Martin-Baker NACES
5th November 2007

Italian Air Force
F-16A
ADF
MM????
10°Gruppo [??]

37° Stormo
Trapani-Birgi Air Base
Bird strike on landing approach to Trapani-Birgi Air Base. Crashed within the airfield boundaries. Pilot ejected safely using ACES II ejection seat Captain Moris Ghiadoni
ejected
  ACES II
 Wednesday 30th April 2008
22:30

PIG PROBLEMS

Indian A. F.
IL-76 (Gajraj)   Nagpur airport Two pigs were crushed under the wheels as it was landing at night      
Pigs, dogs and even some wild animals like deer are found in large numbers near the Nagpur airport and sometimes stray into the airport area.
Tuesday 20th May 2008
20:30

USN
T‑45C Goshawk  
Training Air Wing
1
Naval Air Station Meridian, MS, USA
Bird strike during n routine training flight. Crashed south of the runway

 

  Martin-Baker NACES
Instructor Under Training
CDR W.S. Anderson

ejected safely
Instructor Pilot
LCDR D.M. Slutz
ejected safely
Martin-Baker NACES
Both the instructor and student pilot suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Jeff Anderson Hospital.
Monday 5th August 2008
17:00h

RAF
Tornado GR4   13 Squadron RAF Marham, Norfolk Ran off runway at Newcastle airport during emergency landing following bird strike      
pilot
OK
no ejection
navigator
OK
no ejection
 

 

APPENDIX. Some serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds (cont’d).

Date  Eng Cat-  of AGL  Speed

(Y M D) ines egory T. E. K. Bird (feet) (knots)

 

 
5th March 1964
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104752 6 STR OTU Cold lake Engine failure on low level bombing run, probably due to birdstrike F/0 A. Doran Lockheed C-2
25th June 1964
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104778 6 STR OTU Cold Lake Possible bird strike compressor stall on low level flight  F/t. Lt. W. G. Baker   Lockheed C-2
27th October 1964
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104849 1 Wing Marville Engine failure due to birdstrike, Troyes France Sqn. Ldr. J.L. Frazer.   Lockheed C-2
16th September 1965
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104853 3 Wing Zweibrucken Birdstrike. Engine failure due to compressor disintegration at high speed, Zweibrucken W.Germ.

F/L K. D. Castle

  Lockheed C-2

16th September 1965

 


RCAF

CF-104D

104659

1 Wg
Marville (France)

Bird strike-engine failure Boen, France
 

Flt Lt J E Greidanaus

Lockheed C-2Lockheed C-2
Capt C F Summers Lockheed C-2
21st March 1966
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104820 3 Wing Zweibrucken Severe compressor stall due to birdstrike, Eschau W.Germ.

F/L J. M. Ayres

 
12th October 1966
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104745 6 STR OTU Cold Lake Engine failure due to birdstrike
SNOW GOOSE
Alberta, Canada

F/L R.R. Challoner

  Lockheed C-2
28th October 1966  
RCAF
CF‑104 104867 4 Wing Baden Aircraft pitched up during handling exercise

F/0 Rob Zemek

  Lockheed C-2
30th March 1967
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104768 6 STIR OTU Cold Lake Engine failure due to birdstrike immediately after takeoff
Alberta, Canada

F/t. Lt. H.J. Rowe

  Lockheed C-2
18th July 1967
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104734 1 Wing Lahr Compressor stall due to birdstrike
GULL
Kattegat Denmark

Flt. Lt. G.R.J. "Sky" King

Lockheed C-2
15th Nov 1968
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104741 417 OTS Cold Lake Engine failure due to birdstrike
DUCKS
Sas, Canada

 Lt. J. A. M. Lemire

Lockheed C-2
25th Apr 1969
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104854 1 Wing Lahr Severe cockpit damage after birdstrike

Niefem  France

Capt. R. E. White

Lockheed C-2
 
19th Aug 1969
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104765 417 OTS Cold lake Engine failure due to birdstrike
HAWK ?
Alberta, Canada

Capt. G. F. Ball

Lockheed C-2
27th May 1974
 
RCAF
CF‑104 104789 417 OTS Cold Lake Compressor stall at low level due to bird strike

Alberta, Canada

Maj. E. S. Andrichuk

Lockheed C-2

 
RCAF
CAF
             
  760511 Can/Sas. Moose Jaw Tutor 1 wo 2 2 0 TG D unkn. bird <500 F
31st May 1976
 
RCAF
CAF
Tutor     Training flight. Collided with flock of Mallard at 6-800 ft. Flew to avoid residential area and the Santa Maria Nursing Home. Crashed into Columbus Park Regina, Sas., Canada      
Captain Gary Fulton
ejected at low level
killed
Lieutenant Robert Hansen
ejected at low level
killed
 
18th August 1978
 


RCAF

CF-104

104829 421 Sqn. Baden Engine failure due to birdstrike
Oberthal W.Germ.

Capt. R. Bollinger

Lockheed C-2

 

24th June 1980

 


RCAF

CF-104D

104651

417Cold Lake

 Bird strike-engine failure
Alberta Canada

 

Lockheed C-2

Capt H Riedel (Luftwaffe)

Capt Rick Wall Lockheed C-2

16th March 1981

 


RCAF

CF-104D

104665

439
Baden Sollingen

Bird strike-compressor stall
BUZZARD
Leipheim, W.Germ

Lockheed C-2
Capt L. A. Sianchuk Lt H. Raffel Lockheed C-2

 
RCAF
CAF
             
  910226 Can/Sas. Moose Jaw Tutor 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl D unkn.bird 100 150 F
                   

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  620411 W.Germ. Augsburg-NW F-84 1 wo 0 CrL buzzard 500 <450 P

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  640805 W.Germ. Furstenfeldbruck G-91 1 wo 0 Cl pigeons 100 160 F

APPENDIX. Some serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds (cont’d).


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  670428 W.Germ. Bad Neinberg F-104 1 wo 0 CrL duck 1000 200 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  670516 W.Germ. Elbe estuary F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gulls 500 450 P

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

691130 W.Germ. Schwabish Hall F-104 1 wo 0 CrL duck? 800 450 F


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  710907 W.Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. G-91 1 wo 0 CrH gulls 1200 <450 P

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  720801 W.Germ. Bremen-N G-91 1 wo 0 CrL buzzard 500 360 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

760315 W.Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. F-104 1 wo 0 CrL Goose, Barnacle 800 420 F


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

760809 W.Germ. Brake/Weser G-91 1 wo 0 CrL buzzard 500 360 F


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  770419 Denmark Moen F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gulls 300 450 P F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  771007 W.Germ. Bad Schwalbach TF-104 1 wo 0 CrL pigeons 800 450 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  780818 W.Germ. Heligoland F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gulls 500 400 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  780919 Denmark Anholt F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gull 200 450 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  781010 France Nancy-W F-104 1 wo 0 CrL crows 800 420 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  781207 W.Germ. Schleswig F-104 1 wo 0 CrL ducks 800 480 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  790417 W.Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. F-104 1 wo 0 CrL Shelduck 800 440 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  810706 W.Germ. Niederstetten F-104 1 wo 0 CrL buzzard 600 450 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  810817 France Ollieres F-104 1 wo 0 CrL buzzard? 500 450 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
  810826 Denmark Oksbol Range F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gulls 150 500 F

 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

820421 Italy Frasca Ra./Sard. F-104 1 wo 0 CrL unkn. bird low 450 F


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

820804 W.Germ. Hohenfels Range F-104 1 wo 0 CrL unkn. bird low 400 F


 
West Germany
GAF incl. Navy
             
 

850208 Denmark Bornholm F-104 1 wo 0 CrL gull 350 450 F

Netherlands (RNethAF; 1956 to July 1994)


 
RNethAF
             
  590220 Nether. Soesterberg Hunter Mk.6 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl? unkn. bird <8000 F

 
RNethAF
             
  590915 W.Germ. Gronau Hunter Mk.6 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH N unkn. bird 2500 F

 
RNethAF
             
  600707 Nether. Leeuwarden Hunter Mk.4 1 wo 1 0 0 TO N gulls 0 F

 
RNethAF
             
  610620 Nether. Eindhoven F-84 F 1 wo 1 0 0 TO unkn. bird 0

 
RNethAF
             
  640729 Nether. Soest.>Leeuw. Hunter Mk.6 1 wo 1 0 0 Cl unkn. bird low I

 
RNethAF
             
  750711 W.Germ. Wiesbaden NF-5 A 2 wo 1 1 1 TO Kestrel 0 I

 
RNethAF
             
  790301 W.Germ. Steinfeld F-104 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH buzzard? >2500 F

 
RNethAF
             
  811201 W.Germ. Jever F-104 G 1 wo 1 0 0 CrL Duck, Eider 4-500

 
RNethAF
             
  831004 Nether. Leeuwarden F-16 A 1 wo 1 0 1 TO Heron, Grey 0 F

 
RNethAF
             
  900504 Nether. Eindhoven NF-5 A 2 dbr 1 1 0 TG pigeon low I

 
RNethAF
             
   
 

Norway (RNorAF; may be incomplete)

 


 
RNorAF
             
  7108 Norway? F-5 2 wo 1 0 1 CrL Gull, Les.Bl-b. low 3-400 P

 
RNorAF
             
  810602 Norway southern F-16 1 wo 1 1 0 Crane low P
   

 
RSAF
             
  670627 Sweden Ronneby Lansen A 1 wo 2 0 0 Cl gull 20 TO F

 
RSAF
             
  690313 Sweden Skagerrak Lansen A 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL large 100 430 F

 
RSAF
             
  700531 Sweden Soderhamn Lansen A 1 wo 2 2 2 Cl Starlings 35 175 F

 
RSAF
             
  730416 Sweden G. Bothnia Draken S 1 wo 1 1 CrL unkn. bird 165 595

 
RSAF
             
  731017 Sweden Norrkoping Draken J 1 wo 1 0 0 TO gulls 0 165 S

 
RSAF
             
  741005 Sweden S Baltic Sea Lansen A 1 wo 1 1 1 CrL unkn. bird 165 430 F

 
RSAF
             
 

760830 Sweden Nykoping Lansen S 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl unkn. bird TO 160 F


 
RSAF
             
  770321 Sweden Skagerrak Viggen AJ 1 wo 1 0 1 CrL bird (prob.) ~85 595 S

 
RSAF
             
  770901 Sweden Karlsborg Lansen A 1 wo 1 0 0 TO small 0 110
                   

 
Swiss A.F.
             
  741023 Switz. Payerne AFB Mir.III S 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Gulls, Bl.-hd. 50 190 S F
                   

 
RAF
             
  800312 UK Lampeter, Wales Harrier GR.3 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard low S F

 
RAF
             
 

800731* UK Elvington Jet Pro T.3A 1 wo 1 1 0 TO unkn. bird TO


 
RAF
             
  801117 UK Kinloss, Scotl. Nimrod MR.2 4 wo 20 na 2 Cl T gulls (2 spp.) 20 F M

 
RAF
             
   

 
BAF
             
  770926 W. Germ. Rheinbach AF Mirage 5 BA FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Pigeons, Wood 600 420 P BA-34

 
BAF
             
  800512 W. Germ. Neunkirchen AF TF-104 G FA 1 wo 2 2 3grnd CrL D prob. birdstrike 500 450 F

 
BAF
             
  881117 Belgium Kleine Brogel AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Pigeons, Wood 400 200 F FA-62?

 
BAF
             
  890718 Belgium Liege/Bierset AF Mirage 5 BA FA 1 wo 1 0 0 Ap D Pigeons, Wood 300 195 F BA-45

                 
 

Canadian Forces (Europe only)


 
RCAF
             
  641027 France Troyes AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D corvid? 2000 200 - F 12849

 
RCAF
             
  650916 W. Germ. Zweibrucken AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap D unkn. 3000 300 - F 12853

 
RCAF
             
  650916 France near Boen AF CF-104 D.2 FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D unkn. 7-1000 410 - F 12659

 
RCAF
             
  660321 W. Germ. Eschau AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 1000 410 - F 12820

 
RCAF
             
 

670718 Denmark Kattegat AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gull? 300 420 - F N 12734


 
RCAF
             
  690425 France Niefern AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D large 800 420 P - 12854

 
RCAF
             
  780818 W. Germ. Oberthal AF CF-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 800 420 - F 829

 
RCAF
             
  810316 W. Germ. near Leipheim AF CF-104 D.2 FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D buzzard 500 510 - F 665

                 
  Czech & Slovak AF

                 
  6_ Czechoslovakia? AF MiG-15 FA 1 wo? 1? 1 unkn. P -

                 
 

850510 Czechoslovakia AF MiG-21 MF FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO D gulls 5 135 - I 4306


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 


                 
 

 

 

 

 

  

United Kingdom (RAF only; 1980 to 1993)

 

 

Flight Parts

Location Aircraft # Aircrew Phase/ Struck

Where Struck Type/Subtype Time W/E/O

150

APPENDIX. Some serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds (cont’d).

For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix. Blanks denote “unknown”.

No. Accid. Type Altitude

Date Eng Cat- of AGL Speed

(Y M D) ines egory T. E. K. Bird (feet) (knots)

 

81[0601*] UK? Forfar, Scotl.? Jaguar T.2 2 wo 2 2 0 Gull, Bl.-hd. P F M

81[0724*] UK? off Devon?/ETPS Jaguar T.2 2 wo 2 2 1 unkn. bird

821020* UK Chivenor Hawk T.1 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap N unkn. bird low

830919 UK Lossiemouth Jaguar GR.1 2 wo 1 1 0 Ap unkn. birds 100 F M

831121* UK Yorkshire Jet Pro T.3A 1 wo 2 2 0 Cr? unkn. bird

840815 UK Cranwell JetPro T.3A 1 dbr 2 0 0 Cl AVOIDING BIRD 25 low - - -

841107 UK Mona, Wales Hawk T.1 1 wo 2 2 0 TG Lapwings v.low F

841129 S. Atlan. Stanley, Falkl. Harrier GR.3 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D seabird, large 250 480 S F

860929 UK Thirsk~, Yorks. Bulldog T.1 1 p. wo 2 na 0 Cl AVOID "BIRDS" ~250 - - -

890914 UK Abingdon Tornado GR.1 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl unkn. birds TO F

910925 UK Humberside Harrier T.4A 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL Gull, Bl.-hd. low P

930628 UK Heckingt., Lincs Harrier GR.7 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL bird (prob.)

U.S. Air Force (incl. Air Nat. Guard; 1962 to July 1994; probably incomplete before 1974)

621010* USA/MA Westover AFB F-102 1 wo? Starlings

641031 USA/TX Houston T-38 A 2 wo 1 1 1 Ap Goose, Snow 1500 280 P F

66 USA ? T-38? 2 wo 2? 0 0 TO unkn. bird 0 F

66 USA ? F-100 1 wo 0 0 TO gull 0 L

66 USA ? T-38 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl Gulls, Ring-bil. 1500 350 P F

6610 USA/TX Reese AFB T-37 2 1K/RTB 2 0 1 CrH T Crane, Sandhill 1200 240 P

67 USA ? T-38 2 wo 1 0 1 Ap unkn. bird 280 P

6709* USA ? F-100 1 wo 1 hawk

68 USA ? F-100 1 wo 1 0? 1 CrL unkn. bird 1000 450 P

68 USA ? F-100 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL Eagle, Golden 350 475 P

69 USA ? T-37 B 2 wo 1 0 1 Cl vulture 1200 195 P

6_? * USA ? helic wo? na 1 unkn. bird P

70 USA ? T-37 B 2 1K/RTB 2 0 1 Cl Vulture, Turkey 2000 195 P

70 USA ? T-38 A 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl T small 500 270 S F N

Where Struck Type/Subtype Time W/E/O

Flight Parts

Location Aircraft # Aircrew Phase/ Struck

151

APPENDIX. Some serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds (cont’d).

For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix. Blanks denote “unknown”.

No. Accid. Type Altitude

Date Eng Cat- of AGL Speed

(Y M D) ines egory T. E. K. Bird (feet) (knots)

71 USA ? RF-4 C 2 1E/RTB 2 1 0 CrL Vulture, Black 500 480 P

71 USA ? F-101 B 2 wo 2 0 2 TO small 0 100 I

71 USA ? F-111 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Vulture, Turkey 500 492 P

72 USA ? T-38 A 2 1E/RTB 2 1 0 CrH Crane, Sandhill [9000] 300 P I

73(early) USA/UT Zion Nat. Pk. F-111 A 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL Swift, Wh. thr. 300 400 P

740114 USA/TX Randolph AFB T-38 A 2 wo 1+ Cl unkn. bird 600 270 S

740506 USA/TX Randolph AFB T-38 A 2 wo 0? TO unkn. bird 0 I

750305 Europe? F-111 E 2 wo 2? 0? CrL gulls 1000 ? ? M

751105 Europe? F-111 E 2 wo 2? 0? CrL duck 400 480 S

790727 USA/AZ Davis-Monthan~ A-10 A 2 wo 1 1 0 CrH unkn. bird 1100

801113 Spain Bardenas Range F-4 E 2 wo 2 1+ 1 CrH D hawk 3500 450 P

810908 USA/OH Cleveland Lakef. T-38 A 2 wo 2 2 1 Cl Gulls, Ring-bil. 50 F

820511 USA/UT Great Salt L. F-16 A 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D Pelican, White 2000 400 F N

840809 UK Tain Ra./L. Eye F-111 E 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Gull, Herring 200 530 N

850402 USA/TX Sheppard AFB T-38 A 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl unkn. bird 500 240 I

8512~ USA ? A-10 A 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL AVOIDING BIRD low - - -

861008 Spain Bardenas Range F-16 A 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Grif. low F

861020 USA/GA VR-106 II rt. F-4 E 2 wo 2 2 1 CrL D Vulture, Black low 490 F

870520 Spain Bardenas Range F-4 E 2 wo 2 0 2 CrH D Vulture, Grif. 2000 P

870928 USA/CO La Junta B-1 B 4 wo 6 3 3 CrL D Pelican, White 600 560 I

890104 USA/FL Okeech./Avon Ra. F-16 A 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL Vulture, Turkey 640 510 P

890105 USA/SC Shaw AFB F-16 C 1 wo 1 0 0 TO D Starlings 0 145 F

9004 Panama Howard AFB OA-37 B 2 wo 1 1 0 Ap AVOIDING BIRD 1000 - - -

910418 USA/AS Ft. Smith F-16 A 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Turkey 300 550 F

920903 USA/TX Abilene-N T-38 A 2 1K/RTB 2 0 1 CrL D Vulture, Turkey 500 400 P

920918? USA/MN Duluth F-16 1 wo 1 1 0 TO D Plovers, Golden 0 TO F

921217 USA/TX Dixie Ra. F-16 A 1 wo 1 1 0 Cr_ Hawk, Red-t.? 500 F

930617 USA/TX Dallas NAS T-38 A 2 wo 2 2 0 TO Swallows, Cliff low F

Where Struck Type/Subtype Time W/E/O

Flight Parts

Location Aircraft # Aircrew Phase/ Struck

152

APPENDIX. Some serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds (cont’d).

For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix. Blanks denote “unknown”.

No. Accid. Type Altitude

Date Eng Cat- of AGL Speed

(Y M D) ines egory T. E. K. Bird (feet) (knots)

930706 USA/TX Reese AFB T-38 A 2 wo 2 2 0 TG Lark, Horned low F

9407 * USA/TX Eagle Pass F-16 1 wo 2 2 0 Cr_ Vulture, Turkey low

U.S. Navy & Marine Corps (1980 to July 1994; incomplete before 1980)

70~ USA southeast A-7 B 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D vulture? 300 F N

70~ USA southeast A-4 B 1 wo 1 1 0 TO gulls 0 150 F

750327* USA/SC Beaufort Harrier AV-8A 1 wo 1 1 0 unkn. bird

801031 USA/NC Dare Range A-4 M 1 wo 1 0? 1 CrL D? unkn. bird 500 450

840505 USA/FL Cecil NAS A-4 E 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap unkn. bird 1500 P

860117 USA/AZ Yuma Harrier AV-8B 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Hawk, Red-tail. 200 480 P

900421 USA/SC Beaufort Harrier TAV-8 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D vulture low 480 F

920528 USA/FL Gainesville F-18 A 2 wo 1 1 1 CrL D Vulture, Turkey 200 475 P

931015 USA/NC Raleigh Harrier AV-8B 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D? Hawk, Red-t.? 1000 420 F

940308 USA/NC Bogue EA-6B 2 wo 3 3 0 TG Goose, Canada low low F

 

 

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French AF & Navy

900517 France Fonties d'Aude AF Mir. 2000 N FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D gull 500 400 S F 321

900726 Chad Doum-Doum AF Mir. F1 CR FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 300 475 - F A 633

910314 France Alincourt AF Jaguar E FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL D >1 500 400 S I E17

920613 Chad N'Djamena AF Jaguar A FA 2 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Egrets, White 50 185 F

960119 France Istres AFB AF Mir. 2000 N FA 1 dbr? 2 2 0 Ap D Gull, Yel.-leg. 110 135 I

920204 France off Penmarch Na S.Etendard FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Gannet, North. 100 480 S F

960126 France off Cassis Na S.Etendard FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Gull, Yel.-leg. 500 450 P -

Germany (East) AF

670807 E. Germ. Neuhardenberg AF MiG-21 SPS FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D unkn. >3300 >324 - F

67-74 E. Germ.? AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 unkn.

720320 E. Germ. Neubrandenburg AF MiG-21 PFM FA 1 wo 1 0 0 Dem D >1 1000 324 F F

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See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Othertration

740417 E. Germ. Drewitz,Cottbus AF MiG-21 US FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl D unkn. <3300 <324 - F

750428 E. Germ. Neuhardenberg AF Mi-8 H 2 wo 3 na 3 Hov T unkn. 660 0 - F

761002 E. Germ. Neubrandenburg AF MiG-21 PFM FA 1 wo 1 0 1 Cl D unkn. 165 216 - F

770817 E. Germ. Neuhardenberg AF MiG-21 MF FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap D unkn. 330 190 - F

820622 E. Germ. Drewitz,Cottbus AF MiG-23 BN FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrH D ducks 2000 485 I F

880506 E. Germ. Neubrandenburg AF MiG-21 PFM FA 1 wo 1 1 1 Cl T ducks 65 216 F

880805 E. Germ. Gorlitz AF MiG-21 US FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrH D crows 1640 270 F

Germany (West) AF & Navy

620411 W. Germ. Augsburg AF F-84 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 500 <450 P -

640805 W. Germ. Furstenfeldbruck AF G-91 R/3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D pigeons 100 160 F

670516 W. Germ. Elbe estuary AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gulls 500 450 P

691130 W. Germ. Schwabish Hall AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D duck? 800 450 - F

701030 W. Germ. Holzkirchen AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D crow 800 450 - F

710907 W. Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. AF G-91 R/3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D gulls 1200 <450 P

720801 W. Germ. Bremen-N AF G-91 R/3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 500 360 - F

760809 W. Germ. Brake/Weser AF G-91 R/3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 500 360 - F

771007 W. Germ. Bad Schwalbach AF TF-104 G FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D pigeons 800 450 F

781010 France Nancy-W AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D crows 800 420 F

810706 W. Germ. Niederstetten AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 600 450 - F

810817 France Ollieres AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard? 500 450 - F

820421 Italy Frasca Ran. AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 450 - F

820804 W. Germ. Hohenfels Ran. AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 400 - F

670428 W. Germ. Bad Neinberg Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D duck? 1000 200 - F

760315 W. Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Goose, Barnac 800 420 - F

770419 Denmark Moen Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gulls 300 450 P F

780818 W. Germ. Heligoland Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gulls 500 400 F

780919 Denmark Anholt Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gull 200 450 - F

781207 W. Germ. Schleswig Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D ducks 800 480 F

790417 W. Germ. Eiderstedt Pen. Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Shelduck 800 440 - F

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APPENDIX 2: Serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds in Europe and Israel, and for European aircraft elsewhere (cont'd).

See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Othertration

810826 Denmark Oksbol Ran. Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gulls 150 500 F

850208 Denmark Bornholm Na F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gull 350 450 - F

Hellenic (Greek) AF

750627 Greece central AF F-84 F FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D pelican 1000 320 P I 52-6443

921007 Greece Tanagra AF Mir. 2000 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D gull 100 240 F I

Hungarian Defence Forces

841016 Hungary Taszar AF MiG-21 U FA 1 wo 2 2 1 Ap D Goose, Bean 850 205 - F

Israel AF

730219 Israel Judean Des. AF Nesher FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 300 360 - F

741028 Israel Hulah Valley AF A-4 FA 1 wo 1 0 1 CrL D Pelican, G.Wh. 400 420 P -

790115 Israel N. Sinai AF A-4 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D medium 500 500 - F

791007 Israel Izrael Val. AF Kfir FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap D Pelican, G.Wh. 900 220 - F

830504 Israel Judean Des. AF A-4 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Buzzard, Honey 300 420 P -

881218 Israel Judean Des. AF F-16 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Eagle, Golden 300 420 - F 016

950810 Israel Negev AF F-15 B/D FA 2 wo 2 0 2 CrL D storks 300 550 - F F

Italian AF

890620 Italy near Ghedi AF Tornado IDS FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D poss. birdstrike 800 225 F 7077

891107 Italy near Lecce AF G-91 Y FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 900 400 - F 6464

940601 Italy Poggiorsini AF MB339 A T 1 wo 2 2 0 CrH D swifts? 2500 250 - F I 54464

Netherlands AF

590220 Nether. Soesterberg AF Hunter Mk.6 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl? unkn. <8000 - F

590915 W. Germ. Gronau AF Hunter Mk.6 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH N unkn. 2500 - F

600707 Nether. Leeuwarden AF Hunter Mk.4 FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO N gulls 0 [low] F

610620 Nether. Eindhoven AF F-84 F FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO unkn. 0 [low]

640729 Nether. Soesterberg AF Hunter Mk.6 FA 1 wo 1 0 0 Cl unkn. low - I

750711 W. Germ. Wiesbaden AF NF-5 FA 2 wo 1 1 1 TO Kestrel, Eur. 0 [low] - F

790301 W. Germ. Steinfeld AF F-104 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH buzzard? >2500 - F D-8280

811201 W. Germ. Jever AF F-104 G FA 1 wo 1 0 0 CrL Duck, Eider 4-500 - - W I D-8133?

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APPENDIX 2: Serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds in Europe and Israel, and for European aircraft elsewhere (cont'd).

See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Othertration

831004 Nether. Leeuwarden AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 0 1 TO Heron, Grey 0 - F J-252

900504 Nether. Eindhoven AF NF-5 A FA 2 dbr 1 1 0 T&G Pigeon, Hom. low - I K-3044

Norwegian AF

710809 Norway Lista AF F-5 A FA 2 wo 1 0 1 CrL D Gull, Les.Bl.-bk 500 3-400 P - 67-14894

810602 Norway Tunhavdfjorden AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D Crane, Eur. 2500 450 P - 78-0280

950504 Norway Moss, Ostfold AF F-16 B FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl D Gull, Gr. Bl.-bk. 1100 320 - F 78-0307

Portuguese AF

880309 Portug. Peniche AF A-7 P FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D seabird 350 360 - F 5516

920429 Portug. Alcochete Ran. AF A-7 P FA 1 wo 1 0 1 CrH D unkn. 2-4.5k 3-450 S - 5523

Swedish AF

670627 Sweden Ronneby AF Lansen A FA 1 wo 2 0 0 Cl gull 20 TO - F

690313 Sweden Skagerrak AF Lansen A FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL large 100 430 - F

700531 Sweden Soderhamn AF Lansen A FA 1 wo 2 2 2 Cl Starlings, Eur. 35 175 F

730416 Sweden G. Bothnia AF Draken S FA 1 wo 1 1 CrL unkn. 165 595 35933 ?

731017 Sweden Norrkoping AF Draken J FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO gulls 0 165 S 35379 ?

741005 Sweden S Baltic Sea AF Lansen A FA 1 wo 1 1 1 CrL unkn. 165 430 - F

760830 Sweden Nykoping AF Lansen S FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl unkn. TO 160 - F

770321 Sweden Skagerrak AF Viggen AJ FA 1 wo 1 0 1 CrL prob. birdstrike ~85 595 S - 37032 ?

770901 Sweden Karlsborg AF Lansen A FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO small, >1 0 110

Swiss AF

741023 Switzerl. Payerne AF Mirage III S FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Gulls, Bl.-head. 50 190 S F

910812 Switzerl. Bellechasse AF Hunter F.58 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 Dem D unkn. <1650 405 - - W I J4028

United Kingdom (AF, Navy, Army)

530730 France AF Vampire FA 1 wo? 0? 0? CrL? >1 low I W F

531023 UK/En. Souden AF Canberra B.2 B 2 wo 2 0? 2 Cl >1 v.low [low] F U WF892

550226 UK/En. Wendling AF Meteor FA 2 wo CrL? unkn. low

560127 UK/Sc. Morayshire? AF Vampire FB.5 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL? unkn. low VZ286

560202 HongKo. Sek Kong AF Vampire FB.9 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 cir. unkn. WG850

561003 UK/Sc. Leuchars AF Hunter F.4 FA 1 wo 1 'TO' unkn. 'TO' [low] - I XE705

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See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other tration

561101 UK/En. Norfolk? AF Hunter F.1 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL? unkn. low WW600

570410 UK/Wa. Anglesey? AF Vampire T.11 FA 1 dbr 2? 0? 0? CrL? gulls 500 - - W I XH319

570522 UK/En. Devon? AF Hunter F.1 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 unkn. WT681

570628 UK/Sc. Leuchars AF Hunter F.4 FA 1 wo 1 0 0 cir. unkn. XF997

571114 UK/Sc. Kinloss AF Hunter F.4 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 Cl unkn. 1800 300 - I I WT719

580212 UK/En. Linton on Ouse AF Vampire FB.5 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 'TO' unkn. 'TO' [low] WA257

591110 UK/En. Lincs.? AF Hunter F.4 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL? gulls 300 I I XF953

591118 Aden Khormaksar AF Venom FB.5 FA 1 wo 1 unkn. WR531

600329 Aden AF Hunter FGA. FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL gull 250 400 XF424

600507 UK/En. Somerset AF Vampire FB.5 FA 1 wo 1 CrL? unkn. 100 WA445

601109 W. Germ. near Jever? AF Hunter F.6 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL unkn. 250 390 XE590

610316 W. Germ. near Jever? AF Swift FR.5 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 unkn. - - I WK295

620904 UK/En. Swinderby AF Vampire T.11 FA 1 wo 2? 0? 0? TO gulls+plovers 0 100 XD448

640817 HongKo. Kai Tak AF Canberra B.15 B 2 wo TO D Kites, Black-ear. TO [low] - I WH958

640930 UK/En. Jedburgh AF Jet Prov. T.4 T 1 wo 2? 2? 0 CrL D large 300 190 XR664

650714 Nether. Roermond AF Canberra B(I)6 B 2 wo 2? OvSh unkn. 300 130 - F WT324

660727 UK/En. N. Frodingham AF Jet Prov. T.4 T 1 wo 2? 2? 0? CrL D unkn. 250 180 XP625

681120 UK/En. Watton AF Canberra T.17 B 2 dbr TO D gull TO 105 - I WJ988

710225 W. Germ. AF Canberra PR.7 B 2 dbr 0? 0? CrL unkn. 100 300 S - N WT523

710629 UK/En. Dishforth AF Jet Prov. T.3 T 1 wo 2 2 0 Ap D large 300 110 - F F XN558

720426 UK/En. The Wash AF Harrier GR.1 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D gulls 500 F XV749

720504 Denmark? AF Harrier GR.1 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D large 400 360 - I XV794

720627 W. Germ. Wesel AF Harrier GR.1AFA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Gull, Bl.-head.? 700 420 - F N XV780

730709 W. Germ. Wildenrath AF Harrier GR.3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D >1 20 135 F XV791

731012 UK/En. Leeming AF Gnat T.1 T 1 'dbr' 2 0 0 CrL D small, several 250 360 I N I XR537

740107 UK/En. near Mansfield AF Jet Prov. T.4 T 1 dbr 1+ 0? 0 CrL D Pigeon, Wood 300 230 S - N XP548

740516 W. Germ. Wildenrath AF Harrier GR.3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl small 20 20 - F XV800

760928 UK/En. Marham AF Victor K.2 K 4 wo 0 0 TO D gulls 0 145 - - NWF XL513

790326 W. Germ. near Sudlohn AF Jaguar T.2 FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Rook 250 240 P F XX147

800312 UK/Wa. Lampeter AF Harrier GR.3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D buzzard 200 420 S F XW765

800731 UK/En. Elvington AF Jet Prov. T.3A T 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Pigeons, Hom. 400 140 F M XN590

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APPENDIX 2: Serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds in Europe and Israel, and for European aircraft elsewhere (cont'd).

See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other tration

801117 UK/Sc. Kinloss AF Nimrod MR.2 P 4 wo 20 na 2 Cl T Gulls, Bl-h+Com. 20 138 S F NWTF XV256

810601 UK/Sc. Forfar AF Jaguar T.2 FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Gull, Bl.-head. 300 450 P F XX828

810724 UK/En. Bristol Channel 'AF' Jaguar T.2 FA 2 wo 2 2 1 CrL D gull 500 450 P F XX916

821020 UK/En. Chivenor AF Hawk T.1 T 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap N unkn. 350 130 - F XX300

830919 UK/Sc. Lossiemouth AF Jaguar GR.1 FA 2 wo 1 1 0 Ap D Lapwings 100 [low] F U XX114

831121 UK/En. Settle AF Jet Prov. T.3A T 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D >1 low F U XM453

840815 UK/En. Cranwell AF Jet Prov. T.3A T 1 dbr 2 0 0 Cl Avoiding Birds 25 low - - - XN473

841107 UK/Wa. Mona AF Hawk T.1 T 1 wo 2 2 0 T&G D Lapwings 100 140 - F F XX180

841129 S. Atlan. Stanley, Falkl AF Harrier GR.3 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D seabird, large 250 480 S - N XZ992

860929 UK/En. near Thirsk AF Bulldog T.1 pT 1 wo 2 na 0 Cl Avoid Sim. Birds ~250 [low] - - - XX514

890914 UK/En. Abingdon AF Tornado GR.1 FA 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl T gulls 150 170 F ZD710

910925 UK/En. Great Driffield AF Harrier T.4A FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Gulls, Bl.-head. 250 P - U XZ147

930628 UK/En. W of Coningsby AF Harrier GR.7 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D prob. birdstrike low - - W ZD430

580428 UK/Sc. Morayshire? Na SeaHawk FB.3 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 unkn. - I I WM981

581028 Nigeria ENE of Kano Na SeaVixen FAW FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D vulture 100 450 - I XJ479

621115 UK/Sc. Firth of Tay Na Scimitar F.1 FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL gull? 400 420 - I XD265

841201 UK/Sc. Ft. William Na SeaHarri. FRS. FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 500 420 - F XZ458

851129* UK/En. English Channel Na Hunter GA.1 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL unkn. 250 450 - - I WV267

871015 N.Ireland off NW Ireland Na SeaHarri. FRS. FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D large 250 480 - F ZA190

860429 UK/En. Catterick Ar Gazelle AH.1 H 1 dbr 4 na 0 D Avoiding Birds 125 [low] - - - XZ336

911114 N.Ireland Gortin Gap Ar Lynx AH.7 H 2 wo 11 na 1 CrL D Avoiding Birds low [low] - - - XZ186

United States (Europe only)

750305 UK/En. Shapfell AF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 0? CrL gulls 1000 ? ? M 68-0081

751105 UK/En. Boston AF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D duck 400 480 S - 68-0060

801113 Spain Bardenas Ran. AF F-4 E FA 2 wo 2 1+ 1 CrH D hawk 3500 450 P - 68-0475?

840809 UK/Sc. Tain Ran. AF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Gull, Herring 200 530 - I N 68-0019

861008 Spain Bardenas Ran. AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Griffon low hi - F I 82-0998?

870520 Spain Bardenas-Reales AF F-4 E FA 2 wo 2 0 2 CrH D Vulture, Griffon 2000 P - 72-0160?

840908* W. Germ. Wiesbaden Ar RV-1 D O 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl >1 [low] [low] F U 64-14238?

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APPENDIX 2: Serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds in Europe and Israel, and for European aircraft elsewhere (cont'd).

See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote "unknown". For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Sub- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Type of AGL Speed W E Regis-

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type type gory gory b. j. led Time Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other tration

Former USSR (very incomplete)

? Asia Lake Chany AF MiG-17 FA 1 wo 1 0? 1 CrL? swan v.low

5304__ Ukraine Chernovtsy AF Il-28 B 2 wo cranes 650 P N

60summer Ukraine Odessa (Arciz) AF Il-28 B 2 wo 1+ bustard P -

6604__ Estonia Tallinn AF MiG-17 FA 1 wo 1 0? 1 D Crane, Eur. 2600 380 P -

6804__ USSR? Baltic region AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0? D stork 985 380 - F

701007 E. Germ. Allstedt AF ? FA wo 1 1 0 Ap T Lapwings 1000 215 F

8003__ Ukraine Kcharkov Oblast AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo D Rooks 330 162 F

820710 Russia Borisoglebsk AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap N Swift 395 200 - F

890608 France Paris LeBourget 'AF' MiG-29 A FA 2 wo 1 1 0 Dem D unkn. 525 97 - F

911119 E. Germ. Juterbog AF MiG-23 UM FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Ap D goose 500 215 - F

 

 

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A. WESTERN & NORTHERN EUROPE

Austrian AF: no confirmed birdstrike losses

Belgian AF (2n, 2r, 2 ex)

n 960624 Belgium Morsele AF SF 260 MB pT 1 wo 2 na 0 Cl D Lapwing 200 110 - F ST-33

n 960715 Netherl. Eindhoven AF C-130 H Oth.4 wo 41 na 34 OvSh D Starlings+Lapwgs 10-50 110 S F W CH-06

800512 TF-104 G sn = FC-05 881117 F-16 A sn = FA-62

Danish AF and Finnish AF: no known birdstrike losses

French AF & Navy (0n, 4r, 3 ex)

920613 Jaguar A sn = A65? 920204 S. Etendard sn = 34

960119 Mir. 2000 N sn = 324 960126 S. Etendard sn = 63

Germany (West) AF & Navy (1n, 4r, 19 ex)

n 900313 Germ.,W North Sea AF AlphaJet T 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Gull, Herring 250 450 - F 4160

771007 TF-104 G sn = 2818 810706 F-104 G sn = 2458

781010 F-104 G sn = 2538 760315 F-104 G sn = 2673

Hellenic (Greek) AF (1n, 2r, 0 ex)

n 980421 Greece Chryssoupoli AF F-5 B FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrH D >1 2000 380 P F 50582

750627 F-84 F bird = large 921007 Mir. 2000 bird = gull ?

APPENDIX 2: Serious accidents caused by birds to military aircraft from Europe, North America, Israel, Australia & New Zealand.

Full listing is given for accidents that are new (n) or substantially revised (r) relative to lists in Richardson (1994, 1996). When only a limited amount of additional

information is available for a previously-listed accident, only the date, aircraft type, and updates are given, in a box. Accidents listed in 1994 or 1996 papers for which

no new information is available are excluded. The numbers of new (n), revised (r) and excluded (ex) birdstrike accidents are listed beside each country name.

Underlined information represents a correction relative to Richardson (1994, 1996). See Table 1 for services and years covered. Blanks denote unknown. For

explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2. For data sources, see Appendix 1.

Aircraft

Appendix 2 (page 2 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

Irish Air Corps (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 791127 * Ireland Dublin-Baldonnel AF HS.125 600B Oth.2 dbr 3 na 0 TO unkn. 0 [low] - I 236

Italian AF (1n, 0r, 3 ex)

n 980715 Spain Alcaine, Aragon AF Tornado IDS FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrH D vulture 1100 450 - F MM7017

NATO (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 960714 Greece Aktion/Préveza E-3 A Oth.4 dbr 16 na 0 TO D hawk+Starlings 0 ~140 - I M LX-N90457

Netherlands AF (0n, 4r, 6 ex)

600707 Hunter Mk.4 sn = N-189 790301 F-104 G subtype

750711 NF-5 A subtype; sn = K-3029 811201 RF-104 G subtype; sn = D-8133

Norwegian AF (3 ex) and Portuguese AF (2 ex)

Spanish AF (6n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 64_?__ * Spain? I-115 pT 1 wo na 1 CrL vulture 650 97 - - W

n 64_?__ * Spain? AF F- 86 F FA 1 wo 1 Ap vulture 1700 275 - F

n 780627 * Spain El Arahal AF Do.27 pO 1 wo 2 na 2 Cl vulture L.9-55

n 8410__ Spain Daimiel Nat Pk AF F-5 A FA 2 wo 1 0? 1 CrL D ducks 300 420 P?

n 920130 Canary I. Gando, Canary I. AF Mirage F1 EE FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl prob. birdstrike 500 300 - F C.14B-59

n 940816 Spain Bardenas Range AF F-18 A FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL D vulture (prob.) 750 500 - F C.15-17

Swedish AF (0n, 3r, 6 ex)

730416 Draken S parts hit = - - N? sn = 35933 770321 Viggen AJ sn = 37032

731017 Draken J sn = 35379

Swiss AF (0n, 1r, 1 ex)

741023 Mirage III S sn = J2307

United Kingdom AF (7n, 28r, 21 ex, 1 deleted)

n 520424 Germ.,W Wahn (near) AF Meteor NF.11 FA 2 dbr 2 0 0 Cr_ D unkn. - F - WD712

n 521214 UK/Eng. Cambridge (near) AF Chipm. T.10 pT 1 wo 2 na 0 CrL D Avoiding flock 40 low - - - WG325

r 530730 France Reims AF Vampire FB.5 FA 1 wo 1 0 0 CrL D >1 low S - W,T,L WA383

Appendix 2 (page 3 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

n 530904 UK/Eng. Moreton-in-Marsh AF Harvard T.2B pT 1 dbr 2 na 0 CrL D Avoiding flock low low - - - KF221

n 530925 Iraq Habbaniya (near) AF Vampire FB.9 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 Cr_ T large, >1 390 S U WL549

n 540224 Germ.,W? Gütersloh (near) AF Meteor FR.9 FA 2 dbr 1 0 0 CrL D >1 100 - F VZ600

n 550121 Jordan Amman (near) AF Vampire FB.9 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL D >1 50 240 - - W,N WR155

r 550226 UK/Eng. Wendling, Norf. AF Meteor F.8 FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL?D >1 low - F WE884

r 591104 Aden Khormaksar area AF Venom FB.4 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 CrL D hawk? 1000 350 - - W,A WR531

r 600507 UK/Eng. Somerset/Devon? AF Vampire FB.5 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 __ D unkn. __ - - I WA445

r 640817 Hong Ko. Kai Tak AF Canberra B.15 B 2 wo 4 0? 0 Cl D Kites, Black-ear. 15 120 - F U WH958

r 650714 Netherl. Roermond (near) AF Canberra B(I)6 B 2 wo 3 0 3 CrL D unkn. low __ - F WT324

r 710225 Germ.,W Nordholz (E of) AF Canberra PR.7 B 2 dbr 2 0 0 CrL D gulls 500 300 S - N,F,W WT523

n 980707 Germany Laarbruch AF Harrier GR.7 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap D buzzard 200 159 - F ZG533

560127 Vampire FB.5 Day; alt = 1000; parts = - - W 601109 Hunter F.6 Day; parts = - I I

560202 Vampire FB.9 phase = Ap; Day; parts - - W 610316 Swift FR.5 Day

561003 Hunter F.4 crew = 1 0 0; ph = Cl; Day; parts = - F - 620904 Vampire T.11 crew = 2 0 0 ; Day

561101 Hunter F.1 ph = CrL; Day; parts = - - I 640930 Jet Prov. T.4 Jedburgh, Scot.; crew = 2 2 0; parts = - F 0

570410 Vampire T.11 crew = 2 0 0; ph = CrL; Day; speed = 350 660727 Jet Prov. T.4 crew = 1 1 0; parts = - F -

570522 Hunter F.1 Day; birds = >1; parts = - - I 681120 Canberra T.17 crew = ? 0 0; alt = 0

570628 Hunter F.4 ph = Ap; Day; alt = low; birds >1; parts - F - 710629 Jet Prov. T.3 parts = - F F

571114 Hunter F.4 Day; parts = - I I 720627 Harrier GR.1A ph = CrH; alt = 1200

580212 Vampire FB.5 ph = TO; Day; alt/sp = 0 / 90; parts S - - 731012 Gnat T.1 Delete from list : repaired & reflown

591110 Hunter F.4 ph = CrL; Day; speed = 360 800731 Jet Prov. T.3A parts = - F M

600329 Hunter FGA.9 Sharjah ; Day; parts = - I I 930628 Harrier GR.7 alt/sp = 250 / 420

United Kingdom Navy (2n, 3r, 3 ex) and Army (2 ex)

n 621123 * UK/Scot. Milltown Na Scimitar F.1 FA 2 wo 1 1 0 Ap unkn. low low XD282

n 820819 * UK/Engl. Yeovilton (near)? Na Hunter GA.11 FA 1 dbr 1 0 0 unkn. XE682

580428 Sea Hawk FB.3 ph = Cr_ 841201 Sea Har.FRS.1 bird = gull?

621115 Scimitar F.1 Firth of Tay or Moray Firth

Appendix 2 (page 4 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

B. EASTERN EUROPE

Albania (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 82____ * Albania AF F-7 A FA 1 wo 1 1 TO unkn. TO

Bulgaria (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 970128 * Bulgaria Dobritch AB AF MiG-21 MF FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap Pigeons, Wood F

Czechoslovakia (1n, 1r, 1 ex)

n 6607 ? Czecho. Prague-Kbely? AF Aero L-29R T 1 wo TO partridges 0 low - I

r 850510 Czecho. Bechynè AF MiG-21 MF FA 1 wo 1 0 0 TO D Gull, Bl.-head. 5 180 - I 4306

Former Soviet Union (16n, 1r, 9 ex)

n 701223 Germ.,E AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0? Cl N unkn-large 650

n 711005 Germ.,E AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 D unkn. 3300

n 720406 Germ.,E AF MiG-15 U FA 1 wo 2 2 CrH D unkn. 13,000

n 740722 Germ.,E AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap N unkn. 330

n 750227 Germ.,E AF Su- 7 U FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrH D Starlings, Eur. 6500 250 F

n 750707 Germ.,E AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D >1 3600

n 770408 Germ.,E AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1? 1 Cir D unkn. 2000

n 770521 Germ.,E AF MiG-27 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrH D Starlings, Eur. 2000

n 780518 Germ.,E AF MiG-23 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D unkn. 1000

n 820423 * Russia Borisoglebsk AF MiG-21 U FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Ap T duck 1000 230 - F

n 840223<*Ukraine? Azov Sea coast AF jet fighter FA 1 1 0 0 D unkn. v.low 75 - F

n 861028<*Russia L. Baikal region AF jet fighter FA wo 1 1 0 CrL D eagle <1000 300 - F

n 880907<*Moldova Tiraspol AF MiG-23 U FA 1 wo 1+ 1+ 0? +1 Ap D Cormorant, Gr. 660 low - F

n 901022 Germ., E Neuruppin AF Su-17 U FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Cl D geese 230 F

n 961014 * Kazakhst. Taldy-Kurgan AF MiG-29? FA wo 1 0 1 Ap unkn.

701007 MiG-21 ac type (FA 1)

n 690913 * Russia Kola Penin. Na Tu-16 B 2 wo na 4+? Ap N geese 5000 380 S I W

Germany (East) AF (0n, 0r, 10 ex)

Hungarian AF (0n, 0r, 1 ex)

Appendix 2 (page 5 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

Poland (2n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 891220 * Poland? AF Su-22 U FA 1 wo unkn.

n 830615 * Poland? Na Mi-14 PL H 2 wo unkn. A1006

Romania (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 940629 * Romania Campia Turzii AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 "TO" >1 <50 F ?

Yugoslavia (1n, 0r, 0 ex)

n 961113 * Serbia Batajnica AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 unkn. F

C. NORTH AMERICA

Canada (1n, 17r, 0 ex)

n 970925 Can./Sas. Assiniboia AF Tutor T 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL T hawk? 500 230 - F 114048

641027 CF-104 sn = 12849 690819 CF-104 Sask (NE of Cold Lake); sn = 104765

650916 CF-104 D.2 sn = 12659 740527 CF-104 sn = 104789

650916 CF-104 sn = 12853 760511 Tutor sn = 114123

660321 CF-104 sn = 12820 760531 Tutor sn = 114028

661012 CF-104 Sask (NE of Cold Lake); sn = 12745 780818 CF-104 sn = 104829

670330 CF-104 sn = 12768 800624 CF-104 D.1 sn = 104651

670718 CF-104 parts = S F N; sn = 12734 810316 CF-104 D.2 sn = 104665

681115 CF-104 sn = 12741 910226 Tutor sn = 114001

690425 CF-104 sn = 104854

United States AF (5n, 26r, 16 ex)

n 730516 UK/Scot. Tarbert, I. of LewisAF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrH D Gull, Herring 1100 450 - F I 68-0008

r 740506 USA/TX Randolph AFB AF T-38 A T 2 wo 2 2 0 Cl T >1 v.low 225 - F

r 750305 UK/Eng. Shapfell, Cumbria AF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D gulls 1000 [high] P I M 68-0081

r 751105 UK/Eng. Boston, Lincs. AF F-111 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D duck 400 480 P - 68-0060

r 790727 USA/AZ Bonita AF A-10 A FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrH D Vulture, Turkey? 1100 - - W 75-0271

r 851030 USA/PA Emerickville AF A-10 A FA 2 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Avoiding Birds 400 140 - - -

r 921217 USA/TX Dixie Range AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Hawk, Red-tail. 700 430 - F 83-1078

r 940701 USA/TX Eagle Pass AF F-16 B FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Vulture, Turkey 700 410 - F 83-1173

n 950922 USA/AK Anchorage/Elmen. AF E-3 B Oth.4 wo 24 na 24 TO T Geese, Canada 0 153 - F U 77-0354

Appendix 2 (page 6 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

n 971022 USA/CA Edwards AFB AF AT-38 B T 2 wo 2 0 2 CrH D "Avoiding Birds" 2750 508 - - - 62-3639?

n 980513 USA/NE Ainsworth (near) AF F-16 C FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Pelicans, Am.White 820 500 P F F 85-1550

n 990701 USA/FL Okeechobee Cty. AF F-16 C FA 1 wo 1 0 1 CrL D prob. birdstrike 980 480 S? - 84-1268

621010 F-102 ph = TO or La; alt = v.low; parts = - I - 870520 F-4 E sp = 350; sn = 72-0160

730711 F-111 A date; Day; sn = 67-0040 870928 B-1 B parts = - I W; sn = 84-0052

740114 T-38 A crew = 2 2 1; Day; parts = P I - 890104 F-16 A sn = 83-1116

801113 F-4 E sn = 68-0475 890105 F-16 C sn = 84-1228

810908 T-38 A sn = 68-8182 900410 OA-37 B Day; sn = 73-1104

820511 F-16 A parts = S F N; sn = 78-0067 910418 F-16 A sp = 480 ; sn = 82-0920

840809 F-111 E sn = 68-0019 920918 F-16 A date; subtype; sp = 100; sn = 80-0566

850402 T-38 A Day; birds = cowbirds T-38 A date ; Day; alt/sp = 0 / 145; sn = 68-8095

861008 F-16 A sn = 82-0998 930706 T-38 A Day; alt/sp = 40 / 140

861020 F-4 E sn = 68-0373

United States Army (1r), Navy & Marines (6n, 9r, 1 ex)

r 840908 Germ.,W Wiesbaden Ar RV-1D Oth.2 wo 2 2 0 Cl >1 [low] [low] U 64-14238

n 950114 USA/NC Rocky Mount (nr) Na TAV-8 B FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Gull, Herring 500 460 P - 164541

n 951005 USA/AZ Kofa Mtns Na F-18 D FA 2 wo 2 2 0 CrL D large 500 420 - F 164064

n 960916 USA/NC Phelps Lk. Na AV-8 B FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Black low 460 - - W 163852

n 961101 USA/TX Kingsville Na T-45 A T 1 wo 2 2 0 Ap N Duck, Canvasb. 450 120 - F 163627

n 970415 USA/TX Kingsville Na T-45 A T 1 wo 1 1 0 Cir D large low 115 - F 163634

n 000131 Jordan Na AH-1 W H 2 wo 2 na 0 Hov?D unkn. low low - - T

70 ~ A-4 B parts = - I - 900421 TAV-8 B sn = 163856

73 032 1 AV-8 A date (not 750327); sn = 158388 920528 F-18 A Worthington Spr., FL; sn = 163125

801031 A-4 M parts = - - W 931015 AV-8 B sn = 163421

840505 A-4 E Day; sn = 149654 940308 EA-6 B ac cat. = Oth 2 ; Day; alt = 25-30

860117 AV-8 B sn = 162724

D. OTHER COUNTRIES

Israel (2n, 2r, 5 ex)

n 610220 Israel central-west Isr. AF S. Mystère FA 1 wo 1 1 0 starlings ~750 M

9306 20

Appendix 2 (page 7 of 7)

Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate- A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

Aircraft

n 970907 Israel Negev Des. AF F-16 B FA 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL D Buzzard, Honey 400 530 P -

881218 F-16 sn = 015 950810 F-15 D subtype; alt = 1000 ; sn = 965

Australia (0n, 3r, 0 ex)

620911 F- 86 (Avon) sn = A94-958 770930 F-111 C sn = A8-133

720427 Mirage III OA sn = A3-074

New Zealand (1n, 0r, 0ex)

n 550909 Aust./NT Darwin AF Hastings C.3 pO 4 wo 25 na 0 Cl D kites 50 130 P F NZ5804

n, r (in left column): new or substantially revised relative to lists in Richardson (1994) for Australia, Canada, and U.S.A., or Richardson (1996) for Europe and Israel.

* Unofficial report of uncertain accuracy.

Service: AF = Air Force; Ar = Army; Na = Navy.

Accident Category: wo = aircraft written off (destroyed); dbr = damaged beyond (economical) repair.

# Persons: Ab. = Number of aircrew aboard; Ej = # who ejected; Killed = # aircrew killed (+ ground fatalities if relevant).

Flight Phase: TO = takeoff; Cl = Climb; CrL = cruise at low-level (up to 1000 ft AGL); CrH = cruise at high altitude (above 1000 ft AGL); Ap = approach; La = land;

T&G = touch and go landing; OvSh = overshoot; Dem = demonstration flight; Cir. = in circuit; Hov = hover.

Time: D = Day; N = Night; T = Twilight.

Parts Hit. Ws = windscreen or canopy: - = not struck; S = struck, not reported as penetrated; P = penetrated.

En = Engine(s): - = no ingestion; I = ingestion, damage limited or uncertain; F = engine failure after ingestion.

Aircraft Category: B = Bomber; FA = Fighter/Attack; H = Helicopter; T = Trainer; Oth = Other. Prefix "p" means piston-engined.

Following digit shows number of engines.

Other parts reported struck: A = antenna or probe; F = fuselage; I = intake; L = landing gear; M = multiple parts; N = nose or radome; T = tail;

U = unknown other parts; W = wing(s).

Appendix 3 (page 1 of 2)

APPENDIX 3: Serious military aircraft accidents attributable to birds, considering aircraft from Asia, Mideast, Africa, and South America.

Excludes military birdstrike accidents for which details are unavailable; also excludes those reported as "possible birdstrike".

Information is very incomplete and (except for India) largely unofficial. Blanks denote unknown. For data sources, see text (section 5).

For explanatory notes, see last page of Appendix 2.

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate-A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

A. Asia

Indian AF

650910 * India Halwara AF Canberra B 2 wo 2 0 0 TO D unkn. 0 low P -

801021 India N. India AF helicopter H wo na 0 Cr_ D Vulture, Wh.-bk.

801023 India New Delhi (W of) AF Su- 7 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 330 - - W,T

810416 * India AF Jaguar FA 2 wo 1 Cr_ vulture "low" JI006/XZ397

831108 India NW India AF jet fighter FA wo 1 Ap D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 2500 P I -

850213 India NE India AF jet fighter FA wo 0 Cr_ D Vulture, Wh.-bk. - F -

861016 India Jamnagar (near) AF jet fighter FA wo ? Cl D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 3300 - F -

870604 India Kutch AF jet fighter FA wo 1 0 CrL D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 500 - F N

871030 India NW India AF jet fighter FA wo 0 Ap D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 425 - F N

871109 India Adampur AFB AF jet fighter FA wo 1 1? Ap D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 1300 - F N

890123 India Chandigarh AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 0 Ap D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 1150

891110 India Adampur AFB AF MiG-21 FA 1 wo 0 Cl D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 165 S I N

900301 India Meerut AF MiG-27 M FA 1 wo 1 1 0 ++ CrH D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 2300 - F -

921009 India NW India AF jet fighter FA wo 0 CrH D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 1500 - F N

930217 India Jodhpur AF MiG-21 bis FA 1 wo 1 0 0 Ap unkn.

930421 India NW India AF jet fighter FA wo 0 Ap D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 1650 - F -

940127 India Maharajpur AFS AF Mir. 2000 FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cl D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 560

940419 India S. India AF jet fighter FA wo 0 CrL D Vulture, Wh.-bk. 330 S - -

950106 India India AF MiG-21 bis FA 1 wo 1 1 0 unkn. - F - C2251

Pakistan AF

6705__ Pakistan Masroor AB AF B-57 B 2 wo 2? 0? 1+ Ap vulture low P -

870323 * Pakistan Rawalpindi AF Mirage III FA 1 wo 0 unkn.

940426 * Pakistan Sargodha AB AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 +2 unkn.

971003 * Pakistan Bakkar reg., Punj. AF CAC F-7 P FA 1 wo 1 1 0 unkn.

Taiwan AF

910524 * Taiwan Tainin (near) AF F-5 E FA 2 wo 1 1 1 Cl unkn. - I 5135

Appendix 3 (page 2 of 2)

Aircraft Acc. # Persons Flight Altitude Parts Hit Aircraft

Date Ser- Cate- Cate-A E Kil- Phase/ Type of AGL Speed W E Serial

Y M D Location Where Struck vice Type gory gory b. j. led TIme Bird(s) Struck (feet) (knots) s n Other Number

981203 * Taiwan T'aitung AB AF F-5 F FA 2 wo 2 0? 2 La N prob. birdstrike [low] [low] 5394

991015 Taiwan Taiwan Str. AF Mir. 2000 5Di FA 1 wo 2 2 0 Cr_ D unkn. - F 2053

B. Mideast

Oman AF

911217 * Oman? Jebel Ran. (near) AF Jaguar S FA 2 wo 1 1 0 unkn. 207

Turkish AF

690223 * Turkey Malatya ? wo 1 eagle

960828 * Turkey Eskisehir (near) AF F-4 E FA 2 wo 2 2 0 unkn.

C. Africa

South Africa AF

920215 * S. Africa Hoedspruit AF Mirage F1 AZ FA 1 wo 1 1 0 unkn. - F

Zimbabwe AF

93100_ * Zimbab. Kwekwe? AF Hawk T.60 T 1 wo 2 2 0 CrL? unkn. low

D. South America

Ecuador AF

?____ * Ecuador? AF Kfir FA 1 wo unkn.

900330 * Ecuador Guayaquill AF Jaguar FA 2 wo 1 1 1 unkn. F FAE-289?

9712__ * Ecuador Quito, near AF ? wo 2 2 >1

Venezuela AF

930405 * Venez. Turagua AF Mirage 50 V FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Cr_ >1 F FAV-2056

940420 * Venez. AF F-16 B FA 1 wo 1? 1? 0 unkn. FAV-9581

9508__ * Venez. Palo Negro AF F-16 A FA 1 wo 1 1 0 Ap unkn. low?

 

Mike:
 
For many years I have been compiling data on the numbers and circumstances of serious accidents to military aircraft caused by birdstrikes.  Your interesting "ejections" website lists a few birdstrike accidents that were not known to me -- mainly in Latin America.  I see that you have recently been obtaining good cooperation from the LAAHS group.  At some point I will probably seek more details for those accidents via the LAAHS Forum. 
 
The Appendices in my three published papers on serious birdstrike accidents to military aircraft list the circumstances for over 300 individual birdstrike accidents to aircraft of about 30 countries.  The Appendices show, for each accident, whether or not there were ejections, and whether they were successful--among other information.  A substantial fraction of these data come from direct communications with the Flight Safety offices of numerous Air Forces.  One of the papers (published in 2000) is on the web in the form of the following series of 4 PDFs.  The 3rd and 4th of these 4 PDFs provide lists of accidents:
I could send the two earlier papers (1994 and 1996), each as a single PDF, if you are interested.  They list additional birdstrike accidents, many involving ejections.
 
In looking through your listing of (R)CAF CF-104 losses, I noted the following minor errors, omissions, and inconsistencies with information that I have seen:
1 May 1964; serial 104809:  Pilot was F/L D.E. Wilson according to Bashow's 1990 book

25 June 1964; serial=104778. The RCAF listed this as a possible birdstrike, actual cause unknown. 

"1" Sept 1965; serial=104659. Actually 16 Sept, not 1 Sept.

16 Sept 1965; serial 104853. Birdstrike caused the compressor disintegration [2nd birdstrike loss on same day]

"21" Oct. 1965; serial 104745: Actually 12 Oct, not 21 Oct. [wrong date in Bashow 1990 book]

4 Nov. 1967; serial 104736: Pilot name "Greatrix", not "Greatri"? [Bashow shows "Greatrix"; I have no other information]

10 June 1971; serial 104722: "...of #2 hydraulic...".

5 March 1975; serial 104666: not an ejection, I believe -- This was a rejected takeoff, and Bashow (1990) says "abandoned aircraft" rather than ejected. This accident was written up in Flight Comment 1975 (issue 4), and my notes from reading that article long ago say "no ejections".  Unfortunately, I do not have the Flight Comment article handy to check.

24 June 1980; serial 104851: According to Bashow (1990), pilot names should be "Wall" and "Riedel".

I hope the above is useful.  Please let me know if you would like PDFs of the two earlier birdstrike accident lists.  Also, I have in my files many more details on many of the birdstrike accidents.  If you have specific questions about some of those accidents, please send them along and I will try to help.   In the meantime, I will be checking your site periodically looking for further information on birdstrikes.  Good luck with your efforts, which are a monumental undertaking.
 
Rgds...
 
W. John Richardson

 

  • 24 May 1991 fatal accident to F-5E (on your list) should be listed as a birdstrike.   My sources indicated that a bird was ingested, the engine failed, and the aircraft crashed, with the pilot ejecting too late.  There were also injuries (3?) on the ground.  RoCAF # 5135;  ex USAF 74-0992.
  • 3 Dec 1998 fatal accident to F-5F (not on your list, probably because the crew did not eject).  On landing at T'aitun AB, the aircraft crashed adjacent to a runway.  Crew:  Maj. Y-C Lee + 1Lt. Y-C Lin.  Serial 5394; ex USAF 83-0120.  There was speculation about a possible birdstrike.
  • 17 June 2006, fatal accident to F-5F (on your list):  serial reportedly 5381.   Possible birdstrike.

 

 
I know of one officially-confirmed birdstrike accident from Hungary & an unofficially reported one  from Serbia, involving a total of 3 ejections (2 successful, one not).  If you have contacts who can provide further information about these or other birdstrike accidents in those countries, I would certainly be interested: 
  • 16 Oct 1984:  Hungarian Air Force MiG-21U -- on approach to Taszar,  Bean Goose ingested at altitude 850 ft, engine failure, 2 crew ejected; front-seat pilot (Maj. A. Nagy) killed; Lt. J. Bocsi survived.  [This accident was summarized, though without the crew names, in Appendix 2 (p. 52) of my 1996 paper for Bird Strike Committee Europe.]
  • 13 Nov 1996:  Serbian Air Force MiG-21 -- bird ingested into engine; flameout; pilot ejected and survived.  Listed as being at Batajnica, but phase of flight unknown to me so not clear how close to Batajnica Air Base.  This was an unofficial report via Reuters, Air Forces Monthly (Jan 1997, p. 61), and Flight Intern. (4 June 1997, p. 46).  [This accident was summarized in Appendix 2 (p. 93) of our 2000 paper for International Bird Strike Committee.]
Rgds... John
 

 

Mike:
 
A few notes are inserted below concerning your Mirage 2000 list.
 
Rgds... John
 
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re 17 May 1990, FAF:  The crew of the Mirage 2000N lost to a birdstrike were Hirson and Artuso.    Lt. Blenard presumably was the pilot of the other aircraft.
 
  Help needed in identifying crew - two of those listed for 17th May belong with Mirage 2000N & Mirage 2000C loss
17th May 1990
FAF
Mirage 2000C 24/2-FM EC2/2        
17th May 1990 French A.F. Mirage       Lt. P. Hirson ejected Martin-Baker  
17th May 1990 French A.F. Mirage       Lt. D. Blenard ejected Martin-Baker  
17th May 1990 French A.F. Mirage       ASP L. Artuso ejected Martin-Baker  
17th May 1990
French AF
Mirage 2000N 321/4-BJ EC.4 from Luxeil crashed due to bird strike, gull was ingested and caused engine failure at 500ft. 400kts.
near Carsonne, south west France
     
pilot ejected  was seriously injured WSO ejected Martin-Baker
 
 
7 October 1992, HAF: This accident was caused by a bird ingestion, engine failure and ejection just after takeoff from Tanagra; the pilot's rank was Captain.  Unit was 331 Mira.  Some of these details are in my 1996 paper for the International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC).
7th October 1992
HAF
Mirage 2000EG   331 MPK   G. Kormentzas ejected    
 
 
           
     
               
     
 
 
re 27 Jan 1994, IAF:  I am uncertain about the details of this accident.   In Appendix 3 of our 2000 paper for the IBSC, we listed it as being due to a birdstrike on climbout from Maharajpur AFS.  A previous birdstrike paper by Satheesan (1994) said an IAF fighter of unstated type crashed on this date after striking a vulture during climbout from an unstated location.  I believe we put that fragmentary information together--perhaps incorrectly--with the report from Jagan Mohan of a Mirage 2000 lost at Maharajpur on this date.  Prior to seeing your Mirage 2000 list, I had not seen anything about "Tyre damage", and Jagan's online database lists the pilot as F/L S. Kumar, not S/L H.S. Gill.  Perhaps, amongst us, we are combining information from two accidents, though Jagan's attrition database lists only one known IAF accident on or near this date.
27th January 1994
Indian Air Force
Mirage 2000     Tyre dam on TO - Pilot ordered to Eject safely Sqn Ldr H S Gill Is this the same pilot who ejected on 15th September 1987 ??  
 
 
re 19 Jan. 1996, FAF:  birdstrike (gull) ingested on final approach to Istres; crew ejected
19th January 1996
FAF
Mirage 2000N 324/4-CL EC03.004        
Pilot ejected WSO ejected  
 
 
re 15 Oct. 1999, RoCAF:  Unofficially reported as birdstrike, and a contact in Taiwan advised me that the RoCAF confirmed that it was due to a birdstrike at or just after takeoff from Hsinchu.  Crew was Capt. Shih-Fong Wu of 48th TFS plus Maj. Bin-Fu Wu, according to Air Forces Monthly, Dec. 1999, p. 72-73.  They ejected  7 n.mi. offshore at about 120 kt and 250 ft altitude.  Crew rescued by police boat and RoCAF helicopter, respectively.
15th October 1999
RoCAF
Mirage 2000-5D 2053/DI03 2nd TFW        
 
 
31 March 2006: You have appear to have duplicate listings for this accident: 
Friday 31st March 2006

10:00h


French Air Force
Mirage 2000D 684/3-IW EC 01.003 "Navarre" from Nancy
BA126 Solenzara
Bird collision after takeoff. Crashed into the sea near Corsica ejected and rescued   Martin- Baker
ejected and rescued
02 avril 2006
Mirage 2000Dof EC 01.003 "Navarre"
 684 code 3-IW
 
Martin- Baker
31st March 2006
FAF
Mirage 2000D   EC01.003        

 

  • 24 May 1991 fatal accident to F-5E (on your list) should be listed as a birdstrike.   My sources indicated that a bird was ingested, the engine failed, and the aircraft crashed, with the pilot ejecting too late.  There were also injuries (3?) on the ground.  RoCAF # 5135;  ex USAF 74-0992.
  • 3 Dec 1998 fatal accident to F-5F (not on your list, probably because the crew did not eject).  On landing at T'aitun AB, the aircraft crashed adjacent to a runway.  Crew:  Maj. Y-C Lee + 1Lt. Y-C Lin.  Serial 5394; ex USAF 83-0120.  There was speculation about a possible birdstrike.
  • 17 June 2006, fatal accident to F-5F (on your list):  serial reportedly 5381.   Possible birdstrike.
Rgds... John

 

Mike:
 
re your "WORK IN PROGRESS" listing for Spanish Harriers, specifically the 19 Feb 1998 accident:
 
19th February 1998
Spanish Navy
EAV-8 Harrier 01-902 VA.2   ??    
 
I do not have any official information on this, but
  • Air Forces Monthly (June 1998, p. 75) says "...believed to have been due to a bird strike involving a gull". 
  • Flight Int., 22-28 Sept '99, p. 48, listed it as "Birdstrike?". 
  • AFM May'1998, p. 60, said "crashed at about 0900hrs almost vertically into the sea...in the Gulf of Mazarron, 2nm off Mazarrón, southeastern Spain...The pilot, Lt. Angel Marco Hernández, was unable to eject and his body was later recovered..."
  • AFM March 2001, p. 23, lists it as VA.1A-14 [although it had earlier been listed as VA.2-2] and gives the pilot's rank as "Sub Lt".
re RN 1 Dec 1984
 
1st December 1984
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ458   bird strike engine failure over Fort William, Scotland Lt. Collier ejected with minor injuries   Martin-Baker
 
Appendix 1 in our recent paper on U.K. military losses to birdstrikes, at  http://www.int-birdstrike.org/Athens_Papers/IBSC27%20WPI-2.pdf, lists the altitude (500 ft AGL) & speed (420 knots) -- information obtained from the RN FSAIC.  Sturtivant's 2004 Air-Britain book (p. 82) has the same information, and he lists the pilot as Lt. S. Collier.
 
re RN 15 Oct 1987:
 
15th October 1987
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA190 801 NAS
HMS Invincible
bird strike Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
  • Our aforementioned paper lists and maps the location (off NW Ireland), speed (420 knots), altitude (250 ft ASL), and the fact that the birdstrike involved an engine ingestion of a large bird (information from RN FSAIC).
  • Dunn (1996) and Sturtivant (2004) both say that ZA190 was flying from Ark Royal (not Invincible) at the time, and that the engine ingestion led to engine fire. 
  • Sturtivant lists the pilot as Lt. D. Omeara and that he was retrieved by an 820 Sqn Sea King and returned to the ship, and he quotes the same altitude, speed, and "large" bird information.
Re RAF Harriers lost to birdstrikes:  Based on a preliminary comparison of your draft information with our paper and some of my files, I noticed that we often have additional details in our paper that are not in your list -- please see our paper for altitudes, speeds, etc., at time of birdstrike.
 
Also, though not in our paper, I have the pilot's names for a few accidents in 1972-1973 where that information is missing from your list.  These names are from my photocopies microfilmed Aircraft Accident Cards at the RAF Museum Hendon; I reconfirmed the following names today:
  • 26 Apr 1972:  Marshall, J.C.W., F/L
  • 04 May 1972:  Taylor, P.P.W., S/L
  • 27 Jun 1972:   McKee, I.K., W/C
  • 09 Jul  1973:   Sturt, P.G., S/L [not Sturf ]
re 16 May 1975:  You list this accident as 1975, as do various others, but about the same number of others show it as 16 May 1974.  In our recent paper we list it as 1974, based on the preponderance of evidence. 
 
One additional significant point that I spotted:
  • 30 July 1973:  You list this as a birdstrike, as have many others.  However, the RAF accident card and personal communication with IFS both indicate that the engine failure was due to FOD damage from a bolt, not a birdstrike. That information is listed in Appendix 2 of our recent paper (URL listed above)
As usual, I wish I had the time to go through all your recent additions and updates in more detail, but at least wanted to pass on these items.
 
Rgds.... John
 

 

 I am very appreciative of the assistance and guidance in this fascinating area of aviation given by

Dr. Yossi Leshem Tel Aviv University, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Zoology
W. John Richardson LGL Ltd., environmental research associates
Tim West
LGL Ltd., environmental research associates

Some suggested links
(this is a work in progress and will be added to shortly)

Suggested reading and references to be added

SERIOUS BIRDSTRIKE ACCIDENTS TO U.K. MILITARY AIRCRAFT,
1923 TO 2004: NUMBERS AND CIRCUMSTANCES

http://www.birds.org.il/show_item.asp?itemId=2317&levelId=806&template=209

http://www.codeonemagazine.com/archives/1999/articles/jul_99/jul4a_99.html

http://casa.gov.au/aerodromes/bird.htm

http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/aviation/operations/bash/default.htm

 

                 

 

 MORE BIRD STRIKE MISHAPS TO ADD